Island Coast has set the gold standard for bowling in Lee County with a run of dominance for both the boys and girls programs. That continued Tuesday as it was a clean sweep of the District 6 championships and the LCAC titles, earning the Gators a return to the state championships in Orlando.
It is the fifth time in six years for the girls claiming a district championship, while the boys took their fourth title in six tries since bowling was introduced to Lee County as a sport in 2011.
The Gators met Cape Coral in the boys and girls district championships, and each saw competitive matches from the Seahawks, but took the titles in four games.
“I think both our teams have the capability to make a nice run in Orlando,” Island Coast head coach Brian Jones said. “We’ve got a core group of our girls that will be there for the fourth straight time. Our top boys have had a taste of that experience. It’s all about how well they can hold they’re nerves against the top teams.”
The district competition was made up of the top four finishing teams from the morning LCAC competition, and a double-elimination format took place in order to set the district championship matches for the boys and the girls. Baker matches consisting of five bowlers rotating through two times through the order determined the district championship matchup.
Island Coast took matches over North Fort Myers and Cape Coral to earn a spot in the final, while the Seahawks took down the Red Knights to earn a trip to state automatically on the girls side.
Island Coast beat Ida Baker and Cape Coral to earn an automatic spot in the final, while the Seahawks took down the Bulldogs to earn a trip to the state on the boys side.
In the morning LCAC competition, Mikayla Simer of Island Coast took top honors with a 527 series for the girls and Noah Hamilton of Cape Coral had a 738 series to take top honors for the boys.
The top two individuals not on advancing teams also punched tickets to Orlando with their finishes in the LCAC competition.
Cydnee Whiteleather of Riverdale finished second overall with a 524 series and Sydney Campbell of Mariner finished fifth overall with a 512 series to take the final qualifying spot for the girls.
Ian Cyrus of Mariner finished fourth with a 662 series to take one spot for the boys and Kyle Glynn of Fort Myers earned a sixth place finish with a 657 series to take the final spot for the boys.
The state tournament is next Wednesday and Thursday at Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando.
Girls LCAC Results
1. Island Coast 2,446, 2. Cape Coral 2,302, 3. Mariner 2,168, 4. North Fort Myers 2,110, 5. Riverdale 2,061, 6. Ida Baker 1,998, 7. Fort Myers 1,938, 8. South Fort Myers 1,895, 9. Lehigh 1,590, 10. Dunbar 1,514, 11. Estero 1,453, 12. East Lee 1,382, 13. Cypress Lake 1,368
1. Mikayla Simer (IC) 527, 2. Cydnee Whiteleather (R) 524, 3. Kyndall Synder (IC) 523, 4. Kaela Ruby (CC) 521, 5. Sydney Campbell (M) 512, 6. Allyson Moss (CC) 483, T7. Sara Shuey (CC) 479, T7. Ellen Dickman (IC) 479, 9. Loren Bellantoni (NFM) 476, 10. Courtney Evans (CC) 468
Boys LCAC Results
1. Island Coast 3,207, 2. Cape Coral 2,958, 3. Mariner 2,807, 4. Ida Baker 2,611, 5. Fort Myers 2,601, 6. North Fort Myers 2,542, 7. Riverdale 2,427, 8. South Fort Myers 2,282, 9. Dunbar 1,817, 10. Cypress Lake 1,769, 11. Lehigh 1,744, 12. Estero 1,712, 13. East Lee 1,591
1. Noah Hamilton (CC) 738, 2. Nick Larsen (IC) 728, 3. Wyatt Smith (IC) 703, 4. Ian Cyrus (M) 662, 5. Larry Hudson (IC) 659, 6. Kyle Glynn (FM) 657, 7. Nick Kawa (CC) 596, 8. Jake Lutsky (IB) 594, 9. Legend Cuddy (SFM) 581, 10. Andrew Jupina (CC) 577