COLUMBUS — It was an historic weekend for Butler Bowling as Becca Helke became the first Butler girl and the Butler Boys team of Austen Brush, Noah Detrick, Nick Hughes, Andrew Kapis, Drew Sacks, Paul Sacks, Jordan Tompkins, and Brandon Warner became the first Butler Bowling team to compete at the OHSAA State tournament.
Helke rolled games of 130-163-169 for a 462 series.
“I’m very proud of Becca making it to State,” said Head Butler Bowling Coach Steve Sacks. “Becca represented us well and gained some great experience for next season.”
The Butler girls missed going to State as a team by just 20 pins and will return all of its bowlers next season.
The Boys team joined 15 other Division I teams from across Ohio.
The format has all teams bowl three regular games, then three baker games to determine the top eight teams that move on to bracketed single elimination best 3-of-5 match play. Game one saw Butler start out well, moving into second place with a 999 team game.
They then followed with games of 921 and 1015 placing them in sixth place going into the three baker games, where they shot games of 201-200-184 to remain in sixth place and qualify for match play.
Drew Sacks led the way with a 672 (236-196-240) series, good for sixth place individually on the day and All-Ohio Bowling Second Team honors. Paul Sacks was next for Butler with a 653 (258-201-194) series, good for 11th place overall and All-Ohio Bowling Honorable Mention honors. Jordan Tompkins rolled a 584 series and Austen Brush a 223 game. All eight boys scored on the day for Butler.
In match play, the Butler Boys faced the #3 seed from Westerville Central. Butler won games one and three, while Westerville Central won games two, four, and ultimately game five to win the match 3-2 and eliminate Butler who finished seventh overall. Westerville Central eventually went on to defeat Wapakoneta 3-0 in the finals to claim the state title.
“We had a great year and I’m so proud of the way this team pulled together all season,”said Coach Sacks. “We handled the nerves pretty well all day long and gave ourselves a chance right up to the end. We will miss our five seniors (Brush, Hughes, Kapis, Tompkins and Warner) greatly, but we had our strongest, deepest and youngest JV team ever this past season, so I’m looking forward to what next season will bring!”
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