By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
After finishing third the previous weekend in sections, the Elder bowling team stepped up its performance this past weekend and went on to became the first team in school history to win the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest Division I Southwest District championship at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek. The Greater Catholic League South Division champs, in fact, posted the second highest score in SW District history as they finished with a 4518. Only Beavercreek’s 4607 from last season was any better in the tournament.
Elder now turns it attention to the OHSAA State Bowling Championship set for Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
Junior Cameron Brocker led the Panthers finishing in the district event, finishing 15th overall with a 672. Senior Jacob Hickey placed 30th with a 631, followed by junior Ryan Kaffenberger (599), junior Jaxon Tuerck-(474 for two games) and junior captain Ethan Boyers (441 for two games). The Panthers were in eighth place after the first game with a score of 989. Elder came alive in the second game, rolling an 1123 with only two open frames during that game that lifted the team into second place. The next game of 1041 secured second at the break for coach Dave Sievers’ team.
Elder then reeled off games of 235, 213, 222, 258, 250 and 190, averaging 228 in the Baker format and 215 overall for the day, erasing a 45-point deficit to Kettering Fairmont at the break and capturing the title.