BEAVERCREEK — The Butler boys bowling team qualified for the third straight year and Drew Sacks, the defending individual state champion, has earned the right to defend his title.
Sacks was second overall at the Southwest District Division 1 District bowling tournament yesterday with a 768. He finished six pins behind District champion Chase Francisco of Oak Hills.
The team placed fourth with a 4,394 behind Elder, Beavercreek and Kettering Fairmont. Troy was fifth to round out the top five teams who all advance to State.
Sacks (277-264-227) led the way with a 768 series followed by Will Yeary (255-191-200) with a 646, Ben French (182-210-232) with a 624 and Aaron Seelbaugh (216-183-174) with a 573. Ian Jacobs rolled a 154 in game 1, the Aviators used substitutes in game 2 for a 168, and Jake Smith rolled a 183 in game 3.
“You never know what the overall scoring pace is roughly going to be until you start bowling,” said Butler head coach Steve Sacks. “You just hope to get off to a quick start to get the momentum going. Drew shooting 277 and Will shooting 255 was huge in propeling us into third after game one. Drew was rolling it really well today. He had no open frames and had a chace to break his older brother Eric’s school record three game series of 800, but just couldn’t kick out the 7-pin a couple times in the middle of strings game 3 today that cost him that chance and 1st place as an individual as well. Jake Smith’s 183 game off the bench was big game three. It was an all spare game as he went a perfect 10 for 10 on spare conversions. He gave us a lift in the third spot the we really needed. All spare games, especially in high school, are pretty rare.”
Butler started off hot in the six Baker games. They rolled a 257 in game 1, followed with a 188, but rebounded in game 3 for a 269. They wrapped up with a 163, 212, and 189 for a Baker total of 1,278 to finish comfortably in fourth.
“Going into bakers, we just wanted to bowl 200-210 games and see were it took us,” said Sacks. “Starting out going 257 game 1 and 269 game 3 was big. We were actually in first by one pin after that, but we just couldn’t score on the right lane, going 188 game two and 169 game four. Zach Luttrell came off the bench in bakers to get some big strikes in the middle of strings on several occasions, giving us the final push we needed to make it to State”
Butler will compete in the OHSAA Division I State Bowling Tournament on Saturday, March 9 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, 3224 South High St. in Columbus. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the qualifying round begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $8.
“We are all very excited to be heading back to the OHSAA State Championship for the third straight year,” said Sacks. “I really felt like this team could do it, but you have to have things fall your way and I’m really happy that they did.”
Speiles competes at District
Butler’s Alissa Spieles, who qualified to District as an individual, tied for 16th at the District tournament. Spieles rolled a 180-193-225 for a 598 series, her personal best, and missed qualifying as an individual by just 18 pins.
“I was so proud of Alissa’s efforts,” said Sacks. “She rolled the ball great and stayed focused. She shot her personal best series, and you cant ask anymore of someone than that.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.