Troy girls 2nd at district, headed back to state

By Josh Brown

BEAVERCREEK — Second chances don’t happen often, and they never appear out of nowhere.

Wednesday, the Troy girls bowling team earned one.

With sophomore Jenna Stone leading the way, the Trojans finished second at the Division I district meet, posting a score of 4,150 and qualifying for their second straight state tournament Wednesday at Beaver-Vu.

Troy finished second behind district champion Centerville by only 47 pins, 4,197-4,150. Joining those two teams at state will be Beavercreek, Wayne, McAuley and Glen Este.

Stone, who won her second straight Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division Athlete of the Year this season, added an individual district championship to her growing list of accomplishments. She rolled 232-256-241—729 on Wednesday — a full 56 pins better than individual runner-up Wayne’s Shelbi Craft’s 673.

Kirsten McMullen rolled 171-201-201—573, Rachel Darrow rolled 214-165-191—570, A’leigha Smith rolled 157-153-204—514 and Alyssa Shilt rolled 243-208.

Last season, the Trojans finished 11th at the state tournament with a score of 2,982, not reaching the head-to-head round of eight. The last time Troy’s girls were in the final eight, they finished fifth in the 2010-11 season.

Piqua’s Leann Beaty, who qualified for district as an individual, rolled 224-160-191—575 and did not qualify for state.

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