Wauseon Girls, Liberty Center Boys Capture NWOAL Bowling Titles
As they did during the regular season, the Wauseon Lady Indians dominated the rest of the field in walking away with the NWOAL Girls Bowling Tournament Championship held at the Swanton Sports Center this past Saturday. Wauseon racked up 3745 pins to easily out distance runner-up Liberty Center Lady Tigers with a score of 3216. The Bryan Golden Bears finished third with 3113, the Delta Lady Panthers were fourth at 2751 and the Patrick Henry Lady Patriots came in fifth with a 2709. Evergreen and Swanton high schools did not field a girls team this season.
The five points Wauseon earned for the tournament victory, combined with the six points they earned during the regular season, gave the Lady Indians 11.0 total points and the 2022-2023 NWOAL Girls Bowling Title. Liberty Center was second with 9.0 points, Bryan had 6.0, Patrick Henry had 5.0 and Delta had 4.0 points.
The Lady Indians took the first three spots in the tournament individual round with Kymberlee Yocom leading the way with a three-game series score of 655 followed by Jayde Ramos with a 617 and Kendall Horner with a 597. Haylie Federspiel of Bryan was fourth with a 545 and AJ Seedorf of Liberty Center was fifth with a 511 total. Wauseon also placed the first four bowlers on the five-spot First Team All-NWOAL. Again, it was Kymberlee Yocom who led the league with a 198.37 average, followed by teammates Jayde Ramos with a 193.30, Kendall Horner with a 187.60 and Danielle Carr with a 181.30 season’s average. Arianna Smith of Liberty Center was the other First-Team placer with a 178.19.
On the boys side of the alley, the Liberty Center Tigers and the Wauseon Indians entered the tournament tied with 6.5 points, having split their two regular season matches. This day, however, it was the Tigers who were the better team, out rolling the Indians 4202 to 3770 for the NWOAL Boys Tournament Championship. The Bryan Golden Bears finished third with 3649 pins, the Delta Panthers were fourth with a 3559 score, the Patrick Henry Patriots took fifth with a 3465, the Swanton Bulldogs were sixth with a 3225 and host school, the Evergreen Vikings came in seventh at 2913.
The Liberty Center tournament victory gave them 13.5 overall points, one point ahead of Wauseon’s 12.5, and the 2022-2023 NWOAL Boys Bowling Title. Delta and Bryan tied for the third spot with 9.0 points each, Patrick Henry had 6.0, and Evergreen and Swanton tied at 3.0 points for sixth place.
The individual round for the boys saw a very tight race for the top spot. When the final pin fell, Josh Hoops of Patrick Henry and Ryan Marks of Wauseon had both shot a three-game 656 series for first place. Brody Waugh of Delta finished in third place, a mere two pins behind with a 654. Land Amstutz of Liberty Center was next at 645 and Isaac Stoy of Bryan was fifth with a 643. As you would expect, the Tigers had a very heavy presence on the First Team All-NWOAL with Landon Amstutz bowling a league-best 215.50 season’s average, Tim Blanton right behind with a 214.19 and Jacob Sexton in fourth with a 206.52. Dakota Brandenberry of Bryan had the third highest average at 208.50 and Ryan Marks had a 204.96 to earn the fifth best spot.
After all the hardware was given out, Evergreen Athletic Director Dylan Henricks, announced that Delta Girls Coach Jerry Donaldson and Liberty Center Boys Coach Bruce Engler had been chosen Coaches of the Year by their peers.
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Photo: Wauseon Girls and Liberty Center Boys