COLUMBUS – Mechanicsburg defeated Napoleon 3-1 (168-190-162-179 to 162-184-208-173) to claim the Division II girls bowling state championship on Saturday.
“It’s real exciting. It’s been a real fun day. It’s been a long day. It’s kind of hard to put into words,” M’burg Coach Dave Bush said. “Overall it was a fun day with a lot of support from the community.”
The Indians made it to the finals by defeating Fairport Harding 3-0 (203-182-165 to 176-168-157) and Coldwater 3-2 (152-198-205-184-214 to 180-188-220-177-192).
”It’s the match we were looking for. The girls have been wanting to bowl Coldwater,” Bush said. “The girls really stepped up and did an excellent job. It was a true team effort.”
Mechanicsburg had to beat Coldwater to win the title two seasons ago, while Coldwater won the championship last season. It was Napoleon that eliminated the Indians last season.
“We kinda got two rematches in one year,” Bush mused.
Ally Hosier led the Indians as an individual, finishing 17th with a 170-201-210/581 series. Katie Bush was just behind in 18th with a 201-180-197/578. Michaela Edwards added a 563 (24th) and Lauren Mayberry had a 525 (43rd).
Also in the tournament, Urbana’s Paige Stokes finished 28th as an individual with a 187-212-149/548 series.
The Indians have now won two of the past three state championships.
“We’ve had the interest in the school pick up because of the success we’ve had. So it’s building the school program. I’m looking forward to next year,” Bush said.
But Saturday night, his attention was focused solely on celebrating with his team.
“It was different this time around. We enjoyed the night a little more. We knew what was expected,” Bush said.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.