COLUMBUS — Both the Boys and Girls Aviator Bowling teams made it to the championship round at the Ohio High School “Kick-Off” Tournament in Columbus this past Saturday. To earn an invitation to this tournament, teams must have finished in the top three in their conference or division which ensures a high caliber tournament to begin the season for those who earned their spot.
The Butler girls qualified 12th out of 30 teams and the boys qualified 10th out of 32 teams.
Leading the girls was Lauren Davis with a personal best 573 (190-205-178) series. Joining Lauren with series over 500 were Jessica Sacks (525), Savannah Hoke (523) and Julia Helke (519). Becca Helke, Jordan Steinke and Megan Zins also contributed to the solid team performance. The girls lost a hard fought match to Defiance 3-2 and finished 13th.
The boys were led by Andrew Kapis with a personal best 708 series, placing second overall as an individual, and making the All-Tournament Team. Paul Sacks added a 564 series and Nick Hughes a 213 game. It was a total team effort from the boys as each of the eight boys got at least a dozen frames in between regular games and bakers.
They qualified eighth and finished eighth and they were the only boys lower seed to win their match in the round of 16, defeating Westerville Central 3-2. This was the first team in Butler history to make the quarterfinals in this tournament. It took last year’s defending Division I champions Beavercreek to knock the boys out 3 – 1. Austen Brush, Noah Detrick, Drew Sacks, Jordan Tompkins, and Brandon Warner all made many positive contributions to the team effort.
All four Butler bowling teams were victorious in Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 30. The varsity boys earned two wins, defeating St. Xavier by 200 pins and Wyoming by over 500 pins. Leading the way for the boys was Andrew Kapis with a 2 game total of 428 (204-224) which earned him match medalist honors and Noah Detrick with a 243 game.
The varsity girls defeated Wyoming by over 500 pins. For the girls, Savannah Hoke was high bowler with a 343 (182-161) set, earning her match medalist honors and Jordan Steinke added a 164 game. JV boys won by an even 200 pins over St. Xavier, with Josh Kessler (202-146) and Jarred Murray (174-171) leading the way. Girls JV wrapped up the evening with a victory of their own over Wyoming. Courtney Kessler and Stephanie Crider each rolled a 138 game to lead the Lady JV Aviators.