The Newark boys bowling team finished 13th in qualifying Saturday at the state bowling tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, failing to make it to the stepladder portion of the event.
With a regulation pin total of 2,509 and a Baker game score of 604, the Wildcats finished with a total score of 3,113, 145 pins out of the top eight.
Alex Hoffman led Newark with a 549 series, Austin Martin had a 519, Dylan Maring a 497, Zach Peck a 484 and Devin Walters a 460.
“This was one of the best seasons in eight years of bowling at Newark,” coach Cory Smart said.
The Wildcats had won their previous three tournaments before the state event. No other previous Newark team had won more than one tournament in a season, let alone three in a row.
“It was a special team,” Smart said. “All three seniors stepped up and led. There was no one leader. The seniors always picked up the underclassmen when they were struggling, and the underclassmen picked up the seniors if they were struggling.”
Smart said Newark did have a go to guy in Martin, however.
“Whenever we needed someone to step up and bowl a big game he stepped up as shown by his 728 in last week’s districts when the rest of the team was struggling a bit,” Smart said.
The Wildcats have four players returning in with sophomores Hoffman and Maring and juniors Cole German and David Ball.
Granville’s Jon Massey finished seventh and earned second-team All-Ohio honors
Massey bowled a 181, 237 and a 218 for a 636 series. He was only 28 pins out of first place.
“(He has) bowled well all year,” Blue Aces coach Sue Bishop said. “(He has) great potential. (He has) matured drastically under assistant coach Todd Bowen with his ability to read the lane.”