Erick Starkey/News Highland’s Courtney Weikel returns to her team full of high-fives after her shot at the Division II Girls State Bowling Tournamet. Weikel turned in a series score of 440.

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Highland’s Courtney Weikel returns to her team full of high-fives after her shot at the Division II Girls State Bowling Tournamet. Weikel turned in a series score of 440.
Erick Starkey/News With three pins left on the lane after her first shot, Fredericktown’s Hannah Vaughn plots her next shot as she makes her way back to the ball return Friday.
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With three pins left on the lane after her first shot, Fredericktown’s Hannah Vaughn plots her next shot as she makes her way back to the ball return Friday.

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COLUMBUS — The Highland girls bowling team, as well as Fredericktown’s Hannah Vaughn and Utica’s Courtney Melvin, competed at the Division II State Bowling Tournament Friday, but tough oil patterns caused hiccups throughout the day.

“The oil pattern was really hard today,” Vaughn said. “If you throw it slow and straight, you were pretty much fine, and I do not bowl like that. I bowl fast and I have a big hook.”

Melvin and Vaughn both competed as individuals at the state tournament. Melvin started with a 144, before dipping to a 122. She closed out the day with her best score at 158 to finish with a 424 series. Vaughn turned in a series score of 453. She started the day hot with a 171, but followed that up with a 135 and a 147 to turn in a 453 series. Vaughn noted that not having her teammates around her also impacted her rounds.

“It was different when you’re an individual because there were four other coaches there,” she said. “I’m used to having my team there.”

In the team standings, Highland did not post their best scores, but still put up solid marks against the state’s best. Highland finished with a 2,597 team score, turning in a 2,156 after the three 10-frame rounds. In the Baker games, the Scots shot a 147, 144 and 150 to have a 441 on Bakers at the end of the game.

“It’s emotional,” Highland coach Amber Brubaker said. “They may not have done well, but they got here. They got to state. That’s huge.”

Paige Hicks led the way for the Scots, finishing 32nd overall. She hit a 157, before exploding for a 201 and ending at 154 for a series score of 512. Erin Conner was next up, starting with a 171, followed by a 150 and 126 to finish at 447 on the day. Courtney Weikel was just behind at 440 (135-157-148). Autumn Brunson was the final Scot to bowl all three games, notching a 427 series (147-146-134). Faith Stewart hit a 158 and Madie Zamer kicked in a 95.

“That’s a whole different world in there today. It’s a different shot. It’s a different atmosphere,” Brubaker said. “The platform is different. You are at Wayne Webb. You made it. There is nothing past this. You made it. Close the book and you made it.”

Cardington finished one slot ahead of the Scots in 15th. The team shot a 2,741 on the day, including Baker scores of 135, 169 and 167.

Laynee Wilson was the top Pirate, shooting rounds of 160, 194 and 157 to finish with a 511 series, tying her for 35th overall. Morgan Lehner was next with scores of 137, 145 and 184 (466), while Addie Wilhelm came in at 464 (188-137-139). Frankie Arnold finished 79th, tied with Melvin, charting scores of 167, 123, 134. Peyton Counts bowled two games, turning in a 130 and a 169, while Laney Sherbourne had a single-game score of 106.

The girls’ season for Division II is over, while the DII boys take the lanes Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl for their state tournament. For those bowlers, like junior Vaughn, who will be back next year, this year’s state tournament was a lesson to be used in the future.

“We know what to take back and work on for next year and hopefully the whole team will be there,” Vaughn said.

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