UL’s Dunlap captains all-TL bowling teams

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Area bowlers turned in one of the best seasons in history this winter, culminating with a handful of them achieving great success at the state tournament in Columbus.

At the top of the list was Union Local’s Alberto Dunlap, who captured his first state championship. His Division II title was the first won by any OVAC bowler and came one year after his third-place showing in the same division.

With the senior at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl were members of the Harrison Central boys’ squad, which earned their place at state thanks to the program’s first district crown.

A plethora of other keglers from a handful of schools had solid showings this season, capping what was, perhaps, the best season of local bowling thus far.

Dunlap posted the highest average this winter, a 223. He was followed on the boys’ side by Harrison Central’s Trevor Thompson (196). Union Local’s Austin Taylor (193), and Harrison Central’s Logan Cologie (193) and Jacob Hudson (190) rounded out the top 5.

Harrison Central’s Alayna Runevitch had the top average on the girls’ side (156). Union Local’s Taylor Powell was second (153), followed by the Huskies’ Marley Basich (152), Buckeye Local’s Katie Rogers (151) and UL’s Hannah Miller (150).

Dunlap captains this season’s All-Times Leader Bowling Team — the second. Harrison Central’s Bobbie Parkinson is the Coach of the Year.

Following are capsules on this year’s honorees:

BOYS

ALBERTO DUNLAP, Union Local — Dunlap reached heights no Ohio Valley has reached before by winning the state Division II individual championship by bowling a 719 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

Despite not winning a Buckeye 8, sectional or district crown, Dunlap got stronger as the season went along, and he capped his prep career by bringing home gold.

“There’s not much to say about him that hasn’t been said the last week or so,” Jets head coach Doug Stephens said. “He was a key in our 10-2 season, with both losses coming at the hands of Harrison Central.”

Dunlap finished the season with a 223 average, one year after taking third at the state tournament with a 655.

TREVOR THOMPSON, Harrison Central — Thompson finished his sophomore campaign with a bang, earning second team all-Ohio honors at the state tournament with a ninth-place showing (679). That came on the heels of a district championship a week earlier at Sunrise Strikes on Zanesville, where be bowled a 698.

“Trevor got into a little slump during the season, but worked hard to get on track,” Parkinson said. “He puts in countless hours into improving his game, right along side of his teammates. If you’re looking for him, it would be a wise choice to go to a bowling alley close by and you will see him doing what he loves, and that’s bowling.”

TRAVIS CARROLL, Martins Ferry — A three-year letterwinner for the Purple Riders, Carroll led Martins Ferry this past year in a variety of categories.

“He really tries hard to improve his game at all times,” Purple Riders head coach John Josefczyk said of the senior. “He listened to suggestions well and learned how to adjust to lane conditions.

“He was a good team leader — on and off the lanes. He’ll be missed next year.”

JACOB HUDSON, Harrison Central — Hudson served as the captain of the Huskies’ squad that earned the trip to Columbus and was the Buckeye 8 individual champion, where he fired a 638.

“He was a true leader, on and off the lanes,” Parkinson said of the junior. “Jacob saw at a young age what the other teams were doing and he wanted to become as good, if not better, than the others.”

Hudson also placed fourth at the district tournament with a 660.

“Jacob is a joy to coach and just simply to watch bowl,” Parkinson continued. “He has a very level head when on the lanes and shows little if no emotion at all, except for being the anchor in the 300 Baker game thrown this year at Wabash Lanes. He did show a little excitement there.”

MASON MILLIKEN, East Richland Christian — Milliken was an anchor for the Lions’ squad the last four seasons.

“He was the only senior on the team,” ERC head coach David Milliken said, “and it was great having his leadership to help the underclassmen throughout each season.

“He has really improved in many aspects of the sport during his four years.”

AUSTIN TAYLOR, Union Local — This sophomore was a key cog in the Jets’ run to the district tournament, averaging 193. He also placed third at the sectional tournament at St. Clair Lanes.

“He was part of a team that brought home a first-place trophy from the Garaway Pirate Holiday Classic, as well,” Stephens pointed out.

LOGAN GIBBONS, Barnesville — The junior was the Shamrocks’ most consistent bowler, according to Head Coach Nick Saffield,

“Throughout the season, Logan was hard worker,” he said. “We hope he puts the time in this summer to improve his game and be a team leader his senior year.”

GAVAN GRAHAM, Bridgeport — Graham wrapped up his junior season with a third-straight sectional crown and appearance in the district tournament.

Graham’s showing at district was hampered by illness, but Bridgeport head coach Marci Tennant the way his season ended didn’t dampen what was another sensational year.

“He’s always here,” she said, referring to his home house — St. Clair lanes. “He’s been bowling since he was 4.

Tennant said Graham opened up a bit more this season and the give and take between athlete and coach helped produce positive results.

“He talked to me a lot more,” she said. “He listed to me and we talked to each other. I’d love to see him get to state next season.”

JOEY PATRIZI, St. Clairsville — Patrizi earned a district tournament berth after rolling a 611 at the sectional tournament at his home house — St. Clair Lanes.

“He put in a ton of time and effort,” said his head coach, Courtney Reinbold, who took over this season for Mike Heath. “He’s bowled Junior Gold, multiple kids’ leagues and practices coming out with his dad.

“He’s a good kid and was a good leader this year. I like to think that responsibility has made him a better bowler.”

CONRAD SCHUETZ, Buckeye Local — Schuetz completed his junior season with a 155 average for the Panthers.

“With experience gained from the previous two seasons, he has not only developed into an outstanding bowler, but a team leader,” Buckeye Local head coach Jerad Call said of the junior.

“All of the hard work Conrad has put in has led to individual success and the time he takes to work with his teammates has made our team better.”

ZACH KEYSER, Harrison Central — In his first year, Keyser carried the Huskies to a sectional crown by finishing fourth with a 620.

“Zach was also one of the five bowlers that were part of 300 Baker game this year,” Parkinson said of the first-year sophomore bowler. “Zach loves bowling and made his mind up after last year that he was making varsity.

“He worked all spring, summer and fall to improve his technique of two-hand bowling and it paid off.”

GIRLS

RILEY EBERHART, Harrison Central — Eberhart represented the Huskies in the district tournament after bowling a 572 at the sectional event at St. Clair Lanes. She also finished second at the Buckeye 8 Tournament with a 492.

“Riley always gives it her all while bowling, helping her teammates any way possible,” Parkinson said. “She has been a true leader.”

MACK MOORE, Barnesville — Just a sophomore, Moore established herself as the Shamrocks’ leader this season.

“She spends a lot of time in the alley working on her game,” Saffield said. “We are expecting big things from her next season.”

EMILEIGH GILDOW, Martins Ferry — Gildow qualified for her first district tournament this season after taming a tough sectional field in Dover.

“She will be missed next year,” Josefczyk said. “When she cam out, she had never bowled before, but really wanted to learn.”

KATIE ROGERS, Buckeye Local — Rogers, a senior, earned her third varsity letter after posting a 151 average — fourth amongst area bowlers.

“Katie’s hard work and dedication over the past few seasons has really paid off as she has developed into one of the area’s top bowlers,” Call said.

“Additionally, her varsity experience helped her become a senior leader that was important to the team’s success.”

HANNAH MILLER, Union Local — Miller, a senior, earned a district tournament berth after firing a 548 series at the sectional tournament at St. Clair Lanes.

“She finished fifth in the area standings with a 150 average,” Stephens pointed out, adding Miller was a key contributor in the Jets’ run to a Buckeye 8 championship.

SIERRA SIMETH, Bridgeport — Simeth paced the Bulldogs in average, knocking down nearly 118 pins per outing.

“She was our anchor and her average went up 11 pins from last year,” Tennant said of the junior, who has bowled for two years with the Bulldogs.

“She’s easy to coach.”

TAYLOR POWELL, Union Local — Powell was one of the anchors of a Jets’ squad that finished 11-1 and claimed the Buckeye 8 crown.

“She finished second in the league’s individual standings with a 153 average and was a key contributor in the team’s success,” Stephens said.

TAYLOR FRY, St. Clairsville — Fry qualified for the district tournament after securing one of two individual qualifying spots at the sectional tournament at St. Clair Lanes.

“She’s an unconventional bowler for this league,” Reinbold said. “She throws conventional, but without the rubber grips and fingers inserted into the second knuckle. It just goes to show you that, with enough time, you don’t need the best equipment to make a splash.

“Some kids, you never know what you’re going to get out of them. But with Taylor, it’s good, consistent shots, high-quality spares and a large amount of attitude.”

AVA WATSON, St. John — The junior averaged 140 this season for Head Coach Gary Holubeck.

“Being a true team leader, she too the younger ladies under her wing, helping them garner two big victories,” Holubeck said. “Even in defeat, she wouldn’t give up. She always had that smile on her face and a ‘we will get you get time’ attitude.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

BOBBIE PARKINSON, Harrison Central — Parkinson, in her fifth-season, guided Harrison Central’s boys to their first state tournament appearance and a 22-1 regular-season mark.

“First of all, I could not’ve received this honor without my assistant coach, Katie Norris, or ‘my kids,'” Parkinson said.

“I am very humbled by this recognition. (Coaching) is something I like to do.”

Parkinson also led the Huskies to Buckeye 8, sectional and district titles.

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