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Trailing by seven pins heading into the final baker game, Minerva was able to rally for a 2,528-2,512 boys bowling victory over Canton South.
The Lions won the fourth baker 178-155 to pull out a 16-pin victory.
Brendan Garrison had games of 198-255 for a 453, Tony Berry had 200-169 for a 369, Tristan Wilson had 190-169 for a 359, Sam Snyder had 179-146 for a 325, Jordan Strader had a 181, and Blake Archer had a 151.
A day later, Minerva (5-2) lost to Claymont 2,780-2,444.
Garrison had 210-220 for a 430, Berry had 199-203 for a 402, Strader had 202-171 for a 373, Wilson had 172-167 for a 339, and Snyder had a 125.
The Lady Lions had little trouble with the Lady Wildcats, winning the match 2,533-2,094.
Megan Keister was on target all evening long, rolling games of 183-255 for a 438.
Katlyn Smalley had 178-193 for a 371, Skylar Timmerman had 197-171 for a 368, Hannah Hawes had 180-185 for a 365, and Carsen Albert had 142-153 for a 295.
Minerva and Claymont engaged in an epic dual that came down to the final frames, with the Lady Lions prevailing 2,422-2,392.
The Lady Mustangs led by 16 pins at the end of the first two games, but Minerva rallied in the first baker 191-124 for a 51-pin advantage.
Claymont won the second baker 169-142, and the Lady Lions (8-0) won the third baker 177-166.
Both teams bowled well in the final baker, but Claymont's 197-192 decision was not enough to erase a 35-pin deficit.
Smalley had 231-183 for a 414, Keister had 190-205 for a 395, Timmerman had 181-125 for a 306, Albert had 142-162 for a 304, and Hannah Rodgers had 183-118 for a 301.
Minerva was to face Alliance on Jan. 11, before traveling to Muskingum this Saturday, Jan. 14. The Lions will host Indian Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 17; and Heritage on Wednesday, Jan. 18.