By Joshua Brown
February 27, 2014
BEAVERCREEK — The Troy boys bowling team fell short of a state berth, finishing seventh in the 24-team field at the Division I district tournament on Thursday at Beaver-vu Bowl. The top five schools advanced out of the district to the state finals.
Troy bowled well in the team games, topping the 1,000-mark each game. The Trojans rolled games of 1,035-1,023-1,016 to position themselves in seventh place – only 13 pins off the cut – in the high-scoring, tightly-bunched field..
Needing to jump two teams and make up the 13 pins during the six-game baker set, Troy was unable to find the spark needed to move up in the standings. As teams jockeyed for position to make the cut, Troy landed right where they started in baker play – seventh place.
Four seniors concluded their career with the Trojans with a positive day on the lanes. Andrew Spencer led the way with games of 212-236-222 for a 670 series. Alex Prouty had his best day as a Trojan, rolling games of 223-234-209 for a 666 series. Austin Eidemiller shot consistent games of 212-215-214 to finish at 641. Michael Barkett contributed a 207-156-188 in his final effort. The lone junior, Core Shiltz added games of 181-182-183 for a 546 total.
The boys season concluded with an 11-6 record and the seventh place finish at district. The girls team still has one bowler alive as Courtney Metzger will compete individually at the Division I state tournament on March 8 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.