UTICA — The Utica varsity boys bowling team, strong all year, edged visiting Mount Vernon in their Licking County League match, 2,092-1,948, at Redskin Lanes in Utica Wednesday afternoon.
Junior lefty Zack Maurer led the way for the Redskins, racking up a 194 and a 191 for a total of 385. Although slightly off his over-200 average, it was the best two-game total for the Redskins. Teammate Jay Figgins followed a 150 in his first game, with a 199 for a total of 349. The 199 was the Redskins’ individual one-game best performance,
“It seemed to go really well for us,” said Utica coach Michelle Bricker. “Nobody bowled super-outstanding, but they all contributed pretty equally. It was a true team effort. Zack (Mauer) Is one of two juniors on the team. He’s one of our more veteran bowlers. He has been bowling quite a number of years — even before high school.”
The best one-game totals of all individual bowlers in the match, were turned in by Mount Vernon teammates Jeff Davenbarger, who rolled a 216 in his second game (194-216, 410) and Matt Dinnen (166-214, 380).
“The boys have been right around the .500 mark in the Licking County League,” Mount Vernon coach Terry Franz said. “We have quite a few seniors, but Jeff Davenbarger is a junior and he led us. I hope he’s back next year. He’s on the baseball team so he’s an athlete and he’s learning the essentials of bowling very well.”
The Redskin boys won a close baker round, 325-323.
The Mount Vernon girls, led by Katrina Wells, defeated Utica, 1,833 total pins to 1,661. Wells rolled a 180 in her second game for a total of 346.
Utica’s Courtney Melvin topped all girls with a 192 and a 158 for a total of 350, but that wasn’t quite enough.
The Yellow Jackets’ girls were steady throughout with Kylie Goudy (159-153) totaling 312 and Sarah Lord (149-132) finishing with a 281. The Jackets finished off the Redskins in the Baker round, 364-265.
“They all bowled really well together,” Franz said. “Actually, they’ve started to gel more recently. We have five seniors on the varsity girls team and a lot of them have never really bowled at a competitive level so, it has taken them a while. There’s some athletes there. They put some strikes together — especially in the baker games — and that was fun to watch. I enjoyed watching them doing things the way they’re supposed to, so it’s very rewarding on their end.”
The Redskins also got solid performances from Jordan Lacy (154-170, 324) and Noel Frakes (147-146, 293).
“Our girls did pretty well,” Bricker said. “Mount Vernon has a very good girls team for being in the initial year of their program. Our girls did better in the regular games. It was in the Baker games where they lost their focus and couldn’t keep up.”