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It was a successful trip to Columbus for the Minerva girls bowling team.
Competing in the state championships for the second straight year, the Lady Lions finished fifth in the qualifying round, advancing to the eight-team bracket finals.
The qualifying round consisted of three individual games and three baker games.
Minerva came out ready for action as it rolled a 965 to sit second after the first game. Megan Keister had a 218, Carsen Albert had a 199, Hannah Rodgers had a 196, Skylar Timmerman had a 181 and Katlyn Smalley had a 171.
Timmerman rolled a 207 in her second game as the Lady Lions amassed 841 pins, good enough for third place.
In the final game, keister had a 179 as the girls remained in third place with a 764 for a 3-game total of 2,570.
Rodgers paced the way with games of 196-180-168 and finished 22nd with a score of 544.
Keister (24th) had 218-142-179 for a 539, Smalley (39th) had 171-178-169 for a 518, Timmerman (46th) had 181-207-113 for a 501, and Albert (70th) had 199-134-135 for a 468.
Minerva had baker games of 148-179-180, falling to fifth place at the end of the qualifying round.
Springfield Northwestern was seeded first with 3,510. It was followed by Coldwater with 3,343, Norton with 3,094, Willard with 3,082, Minerva with 3,077, Mechanicsburg with 3,012, Jonathan Alder with 3,011, and Galion Northmor with 3,001.
The championship bracket consisted of heads up play in a best-of-five baker format.
The Lady Lions were pitted against Willard in the quarterfinals.
The teams split the first four games, with Minerva winning the first and third games 132-129, 177-127; and Willard taking games two and four 203-192, 193-182.
In the fifth and deciding baker, Willard advanced with a 164-137 win.
"We started out very well with just five opens in our first game," commented Head Coach Dana Keister. "In our second game, we had five opens in the first three frames. And we continued to struggle a bit in the third game. Our bakers were okay, and we were able to finish in the top eight of qualifying, but were unable to advance any farther.
"It's been a great season. We won sectional and district titles, finished second in our league, and won several tournaments throughout the season. We have a good group of girls. Hopefully, we make it back next year."
Coldwater won the team title, needing just three games to beat Willard.
Northwestern finished third, followed by Norton, Minerva, Mechanicsburg, Jonathan Alder and Northmor.