BEAVERCREEK — “’Controlling the Controllables” is the motto of the Butler boys bowling team according to Head Coach Steve Sack and putting that motto to work payed off as the Aviators became become the first Butler Bowling team to qualify for the OHSAA State Tournament.
“We’ve been working really hard at not worrying about things that we can do nothing about and focusing on the most important thing, the shot that’s in front of us,” said Sacks. “We added mental training this year with Brendan Danker of Clearmind Performance, and I feel it’s gotten us to perform at a higher level than I’ve ever had any team perform. This is not the most talented Boys Bowling team that we’ve had here at Butler, but it is by far the best TEAM, as all eight boys work as a unit better than any other team I’ve coached.”
The Butler Boys started off the day a little down, with an 814 game, but were only 54 pins off the cut as the top five teams qualify for State.
“The lanes were playing difficult and that plays to our advantage,” said Sacks. The Boys fought back with an 854 team game two, then shot the high team game for the tournament with a blistering 1078, jumping them from 11th to 4th, over 100 pins above the sixth place team. They just needed a steady performance in team baker games, and that was exactly what they got, ending in 4th place to clinch their first state playoff birth, where they will competing with 15 other teams including GWOC powers, Wayne, Centerville and Miamisburg for the D1 State title on Saturday.
Paul Sacks lead the attack on this day, with a 591 series, good for ninth overall. He was followed by Nick Hughes with a 561 series, Noah Detrick with a 560 series and Drew Sacks with a 549 series. Jordan Tompkins came off the bench in game three and shot a 216 helping to lend a spark to the big third game that propelled the team inside the cutline. Austen Brush and Andrew Kapis also scored for the team on the day.
“I have a great group of boys, anyone of which could start and shoot well on any given day and throughout the past two season, they all have,” said Sacks. “I’m looking forward to having a great experience at State and just try to keep everything in front of us, one shot at a time.”
The Butler Boys will be competing in the State Championships this Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Bowl in Columbus, starting at 10:30 a.m.