Springfield had a weekend to remember at the Division I state tournament last week in Columbus as junior Ashley Falke won the Division I individual state title and the Spartans finished third in the team competition.
Falke bowled games of 191, 216 and 234 for a total of 641 to outlast Wapakoneta’s McKenzie Wagner by four pins.
Senior Destiny Oty finished 8th with a score of 613, senior Alyssa White was 11th with a score of 591, senior Katelyn Shaffer was 44th with a 517 and senior Kenzie Burkhardt was 70th with a 463.
The Spartans finished first in the qualifying rounds with a score of 3,340 – 105 pins better than Wapakoneta which qualified second – to advance to the team finals.
In the finals, Springfield knocked off Tallmadge 724-619 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champ Gahanna Lincoln in the semifinals 745-588.
Track and field
Lake junior Nathan Moore finished fourth in a talented field at the Division I indoor state track and field championships.
Moore, who finished third last year at the outdoor state meet, finished with a personal record indoor time of 4:19.16.
He finished behind seniors Elliot Cook (4:16.73) of Dublin Jerome, Alex Dediu (4:16.97) of Dublin Coffman and Harper Moore (4:18.89) of Pickerington North.
Four area wrestlers will compete in this weekend’s state tournament – which will proceed with limited spectators due to coronavirus concerns.
In Division I, Green’s Dylan Davis and Nate Booth and Lake’s Ben Sponseller advanced as did Manchester’s Jake White in Division III.
Davis, a senior, finished third in the Mentor district at 182-pounds. He won his first two matches before falling to Nordonia’s Salvatore Perrine, who entered the tournament undefeated on the year. In the consolation bracket, Davis pinned Bedford’s William Speight and defeated Wooster’s Joey Lyons 4-3 to capture third.
Booth, a sophomore, also won his first two matches at 138 pounds, including a 8-2 decision over Wadsworth’s David Shue. He then lost to Brockville’s James Bronstrup before rebounding with a victory against Austintown-Fitch’s Tyler Litner to advance to the third place match where he then fell 11-3 in a rematch with Shue.
Sponseller, a junior, had to go the hard way to advance at 120 pounds after dropping his first match to Lakewood’s Ethan Wannett. He followed it up with four straight victories before falling to Wadsworth’s Mikey Lewarchick 11-2 in the third place match.
White, a senior, who entered as the champion of the Independence sectional, cruised to three straight victories at 138 pounds at the Garfield Heights district before falling to Norwayne’s Austin Shepherd, who was the Northwestern sectional champion, 4-3 in the title match.