By: Jill Clapp
Tuesday at River City Bowlaway the senior boys and girls had their final regular season match, taking on the Patrick Henry Patriots. The night began with each senior, along with the parents of the player, walking up on the approach to accept flowers from the coaches and a special gift from their teammates. The match began and the girls were off to a great start. The Tigers were led by senior Jill Clapp with games of 225 and 204. Right behind Clapp was Lilly McLaughlin who rolled games up 179 and 183. Also helping Liberty Center was Davina Fredrick and Hannah Feather. Fredrick had a high game of 163 and Feather a 160.
For the Patriots, Ally Junge headed their team with her high game being a 201 and also shooting a 180. Hailee Rathburn had a 195 to bring up her team along with a 170 from Hannah Kinder. To end the first two regular games, the Tigers were ahead with a 66 pin lead; they needed to come back strong in the baker games.
The bakers began with Liberty Center rolling a 214 and Patrick Henry having a 148. This helped the Tigers by adding another 66 pins to their lead. With the second baker game came games of 170 from LC and 125 from PH. For the final baker game, the Tigers had a lower game of 139 while the Patriots came close with a 137. The Liberty Center girls team came out on top with a win over the long time rival by 179 pins. Great way to end the regular season seniors! Keep up your hard work.
Liberty Center boys bowling did just as well against the Patrick Henry Patriots. The boys shot a total of 1,898 pins in their two regular games; 179 pins above the opponent who had a total of 1,719 pins. The Tigers were led by Hunter Thompson whose high game was 234. Right behind was the other Hunter (Upell) with his high game being 216. Also helping the team was Max Metzger with a game of 196. The Patriots were led by Collin Johnson with a 198 and Adian Breece with a 195. Assisting Patrick Henry boys was Wyatt Williams and Zach Moehrman. Williams had a high game of 189 and Moehrman with his 172.
The first baker helped the Tigers to add another 46 pins to their total lead having a game of 201. For the second baker game, the Tigers tied with the Patriots both having games of 167 not helping either team to advance. Liberty Center lost six pins to their rival with the last baker, however, still taking the win with a match total of 2,432 pins. Patrick Henry also shot well that night having a total of 2,202 pins; just not enough to overtake the victorious Liberty Center Tigers.
Ending the regular games, the girls team had two players make first team all league. This came from Lilly McLaughlin and Jill Clapp. McLaughlin placed 4th in the league while Clapp placed 5th. This accomplishment will be announced after the league tournament that is to take place Saturday, February 10th at River City Bowlaway. Come support the girls and boys bowling teams!
Statistics via hsbowl.com