Vaughn leads team, captures individual title

GALION — Northmor handed Fredericktown two of its three defeats in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference bowling regular season. But, the Freddies got their revenge Saturday in the league tournament at Victory Lanes.

The Freddies captured the team title, edging the Knights by 58 pins.

“This feels great. The girls really deserve it,” said Fredericktown girls coach Shaun Stephen. “We stayed away from the bad games today and didn’t get our heads down. They picked themselves up, even if they had a bad first ball. They came back and got their spares.”

The Freddies scored 3,069 for the three individual games and six baker games, outdueling the Knights, who finished second with 3,011. Cardington came in third at 2,924, followed by Mount Gilead (2,441), Centerburg (2,278), Highland (2,274) and Crestline (2,200).

Fredericktown led by 44 after the individual games, and watched as Northmor pulled within 26 after five bakers. But, the Freddies came through with a 161 in the final baker to pull away for the victory.

“The big thing was we kept our attitudes up, picking each other up,” Stephen said.

The Freddies also got an individual champion in Hannah Vaughn. The senior, who has averaged 193 this season, didn’t have her best night, but still won the title by 71 pins, shooting 175-209-173—557.

“This feels awesome. I feel like I was struggling at first,” Vaughn said. “Then the lanes started getting dry, so I had to move left a little bit.”

Vaughn’s score easily outdistanced Cardington’s Payton Goodman, who finished second at 486 (155-167-164). Cardington’s Peyton Counts was third overall, shooting 456 (170-121-165). Other all league performers included Northmor’s Kristen Bittner (fourth, 455), Kourtney Rinehart (fifth, 447), Emilie Drumm (seventh, 438) and Maddie Hoverland (seventh, 438); and Cardington’s Laney Sherbourne (sixth, 439).

The Freddies didn’t have any other all-tournament team members, but Emma Stokes (432) just missed, finishing ninth, and Macey Neer was 12th with a 413.

Mount Gilead was led by Faith Chaffin, who was 10th at 427, Centerburg’s top bowler was Madison Dennis in 14th at 374 and Highland’s top bowler was Paige Hicks in 15th at 373.

Cardington swept all the honors on the boys’ side, winning the team title with 3,578, and watching Tyler Kintz win the individual title at 635 (181-224-230).

Northmor finished second overall with 3,409, followed by Highland (3,050), Fredericktown (3,039), Centerburg (2,990), Crestline (2,837) and Mount Gilead (1,521).

Crestline’s Simon Reynolds finished second individually, shooting 579 (159-189-231). Cardington’s Eric Hamilton was third at 545, followed by Centerburg’s Gavyn Stone (539), Northmor’s Joe Baldinger (528) and Zach Govoni (523), Cardington’s Silas Horton (515) and Northmor’s Tyler Bailey (470).

Zach Watts was the top Highland bowler, finishing 10th at 465, while Fredericktown’s top bowler was Joey Frailey at 464.

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