ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A solid delegation of prep bowlers will be making the trip to Zanesville for the Division II District Tournament on Saturday.
No fewer than three boys and one girls team along with five total individuals punched their tickets thanks to strong performances in the sectional tournament held Saturday at St. Clair Lanes.
St. Clairsville was the highest finishing team. The Red Devils were second behind Maysville. The Red Devils posted a score of 3788, which was 504 pins behind Maysville.
The Red Devils were led by Josh Yeager, who had a three-game total of 652. Nate Heath was second on the squad for St. C. with a 603.
D.J. Milligan and Anthony Kolakowski posted 490 and 472, respectively. Zach Dopkiss posted a 468.
Martins Ferry finished third with a 3723 score.
The Purple Riders were paced by Trevor Burch, who posted a three-game score of 615. Codey Morrison was second for the Riders with a 555. Corey Morrison, who rolled a 300 game earlier in the season, finished with a 537.
Mackenzie Ewing was next for the Riders. He posted a 511. Logan Miller rounded out the Ferry top five.
St. John Central nabbed the final qualifying spot with a score of 3660. That narrowly edged Minerva by 23.
The Irish were led by Garrett Holubeck. He posted a 666, which was good for third overall. Aaron Ebbert was second for the Green with a 602.
Bryce Ramsay posted a 498. Frank DePalma and Zac Schnegg rolled 433 and 431, respectively.
Four area individuals also advanced in the boys' competition.
Buckeye Local's Taylor DaGrava finished second overall with a three-game total of 684. His highest game was an impressive 278.
Bridgeport's Austin Bennett and Jeff Tennant qualified with scores of 624 and 619, respectively.
Union Local's Travis Pinkston edged out teammate Tim Powell for the final spot. Both posted scores of 604, but Pinkston rolled a 222 in one of his games, which was the higher than Powell, giving him the tie breaker.
The Bridgeport Lady Bulldogs are headed to the district tournament. They earned the fourth and final spot with a score of 3062.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Peyton Stewart, who finished with a 607. She placed third overall.
Also scoring for Bridgeport were Alexis Willis (486), Cassidy Hixenbaugh (410), Bailee Johnson (367) and Amanda Barath (360).
Buckeye Local's Kacey Toto was the top individual qualifier, which is based off competitors not on qualifying teams. Toto totaled a 532.