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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry, Springfield split PTC bowling crown

  • The 2012-13 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division bowling title will go down as a split decision.

    An emotional victory for Coventry at the PTC tournament gave the Comets a share of the crown, while an undefeated regular season allowed Springfield to wear the title belt as well.

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  • The 2012-13 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division bowling title will go down as a split decision.
    An emotional victory for Coventry at the PTC tournament gave the Comets a share of the crown, while an undefeated regular season allowed Springfield to wear the title belt as well.
    Coventry dedicated the victory — as well as the entire season — to the memory of former coach Dave McCormick, who passed away July 31 at the age of 50.
    “It meant the world,” Coventry coach Tera Monroe said. “They were so excited and we were being encouraged by other teams and coaches, which really made it come together. We call every start of every game in Dave’s honor. You can hear, ‘All right…..do it for Dave on three….1,2,3…do it for Dave” echo across Summit County when the girls call it out, especially our team captain, Niki Zimcosky, as she is the one who leads us”.
    Zimcosky may be the team’s captain, but it was Karlee Evans who led the Comets as they topped a tough field with Kent Roosevelt and Springfield on their heels. With a total of 3,514, Coventry bested Roosevelt by 39 pins and Springfield came in third with a team score of 3,441. Evans’ three-game total of 620 earned medalist honors ahead of Springfield's Chelsea Crihfield, who notched a score of 573. It was Evans’ third straight year earning medalist honors.
    The Comets also received strong outings from Chelsea Miller (557) and Kayla Jackson (532).
    The tournament triumph came on the heels of a third-place finish in the regular season as Coventry went 11-6 and 6-4 in PTC competition. Monroe cited the squad’s determination as the reason for the strong performance at the league meet.
    “It really was a team effort and everyone just bowled the best that they could to make it happen,” Monroe said. “They are all so excited and proud of their accomplishments. We are all looking forward to continuing on and seeing where we get to at sectionals on Feb. 17 at Roseland Lanes in Cleveland.”
    Winning their second league championship in three seasons was an emotional experience for the team, but Monroe said it was a much different experience than capturing the 2011 title.
    “We won the PTC tournament and league two years ago, but this season is different. This season was for Dave,” she said.
    The result wasn’t as positive for the Spartans, who entered the meet with as much momentum as possible, having run the table in the PTC for the regular season. Their 10-0 league mark and 17-2 record overall made them the favorites entering the day, but head coach Matt Graves’ squad was unable to continue their dominance at their home lanes.
    “We started off slow, came back strong at the end but just fell short,” Graves said. “Bill White’s Lanes has 64 lanes, and during the season and in practice, we bowl on the side with lanes 33 through 64. For the tournament, we bowled on the other side where we normally do not bowl to make it more fair. It’s not an excuse, but we had a slow start,  frustration mounted and we had a lot of splits.”
    Page 2 of 2 - After their slow start, the Spartans caught fire late in the meet and bowled a 905 in their final game. They also posted the highest baker games of the meet and Graves was proud of his team’s response after their sluggish beginning.
    “I was really proud of how we battled back and never gave up. We pushed Kent and Coventry, but give those two teams a lot of credit. They bowled great today and they are both really good teams and well-coached,” Graves added.
    Crihfield was the only bowler to break 500 for Springfield, although Amanda Smith was close at 495 thanks in large part to a score of 202 in her final game. Jordan Bever chipped in with a three-game total of 491 and despite the third-place finish, the Spartans hope to rebound and keep their year going with a strong performance at sectionals.
    “As long as we stay healthy, I think we will do really well,” Graves said. “We are in a tough sectional and district, but if we bowl like we are capable of, our season will continue for a few more weeks, and I am proud of what our girls have accomplished. We have back-to-back championships.”