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Green bowlers come within one pin of perfect regular season record

2/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — The Green High School boys bowling team finished the regular season with a 17-1 record and a 14-0 mark in the Greater Summit Conference, with the lone loss occurring Feb. 6 against Boardman High School.

“The score was 2,774 for Boardman and 2,773 for Green,” said head coach Randy Hanson. “We lost by one pin in our only loss of the season.”

Hanson said he couldn’t be prouder of how his team has performed this season.

“They have exceeded all of my expectations — not only on the bowling lanes, but also outside of the bowling alley. They have just been a wonderful group this year to be around,” he said. “This a delightful, exciting team. We’ve had no drama on the team, and they’ve really gelled together as a unit. They just get along great with each other.”

Despite the team’s stellar record, Hanson said the “highlight of the season” for Green has been its tournament play, including a first-place finish in the conference tournament.

“We traveled to Columbus and competed in the Jaguar Baker Tournament on Jan. 25. We competed against 24 teams and finished in second place,” he said. “We also won the Christmas Tournament on Dec. 26 at Midway Lanes. We’ve competed in a total of six tournaments and finished no lower than fifth place in any tournament we entered. ”

At the sectional tournament Feb. 15, Green finished second out of 19 teams. That performance earned the team a trip to the district tournament at Riviera Lanes Feb. 23 at noon.

“I’m very optimistic about our chances,” the coach said. “If the boys bowl to their capabilities and stay away from splits, I think we have a very good chance to advance to the state tournament.”

According to Hanson, if Green does not advance as a team, three bowlers on the team could “advance very easily individually” to the state tournament.

“I think senior Ryan Few would have a very good chance. He finished second as an individual at the sectional tournament, and if we wouldn’t have advanced as a team, he would have advanced as an individual,” the coach said. “Junior David Mramor can bowl fantastic games at any time, and so can Tommy Lowry, who is a sophomore. I think those are the three with the best chances.”

In addition to those players, Hanson said, a number of other players have been key contributors to the team’s success this season.

“Freshman Jared Tharp has been a really solid contributor to the team, and sophomore Jake Ewing has also contributed dramatically for our season,” he said. “Senior Matt Stang, who I have referred to as ‘the sixth-man monster,’ has come in and really helped our team to have the record that it’s had this year. And senior Austin Reich has contributed to the Baker games.”

As a team, Hanson said, Green’s strongest asset is one that often proves to be a major benefit in the postseason.

“Our strength is our Baker games,” he said. “In the tournaments, that’s a really big portion of the competition, and I think we can compete with anybody in the Baker games. That’s really going to help us moving forward.”

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