Russia boys stay in front in SCAL; Versailles bowlers drop tough matches; Bradford powerlifters fourth

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HOUSTON — Thr Russia boys basketball team maintained its one-game lead in the SCAL standings with a 58-52 win over Houston Monday.

Russia is 13-6 overall and 10-1 in the SCAL. Both Fort Loramie and Anna are 9-2.

Russia hosts Fort Loramie Friday with chance to win the SCAL outright.

Tiger boys

drop game

MARIA STEIN — After starting the season 16-1, Versailles dropped its third straight game Monday night, losing to Marion Local 52-47 in MAC action.

Keaton McEldowney and Kyle Jones scored 12 points each for the Tigers.

Versailles will play at Coldwater Friday, before hosting Greenville Saturday to close the regular season.


Tiger boys

drop finale

LIMA — The Versailles boys bowling team lost to Lima Central Catholic 2,727-2,751 at Westgate Lanes Saturday in the regular seaso finale.

Tiger scores included Sam Bensman 205-196, Luke Shellhaas 194-197, Tyler Gehert 191-180, Brandon Bradley 175-145 and Drew Cotner 157-162.

“Boy, this was a very good match,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said.

Versailles had its highest game of the year — 922 — in the opening game, but still trailed by 62 pins and trailed by 78 after two games.

“We started a very young line up with two seniors and three freshman the first two games,” Phlipot said. “I was very pleased on how well we bowled. This was their highest 2 game series of the year with 1,806.

The Tigers pulled it together as a team and started the bakers on fire shooting 192-195-189-177-168, to LCC 186-173-152-194-164.

“Going into bakers I told the boys we were still in this match,” Phlipot said. ” All we needed to do was bowl together as a team. Chad Shimp came in for the team and gave us a big spark. We had our opportunities to win the match and we just could not capitalize. The fifth baker LCC had five opens in a row and we had three in a row.

“If we had marked those three frames then we would have won the match. I am very happy in how we bowled today with two seniors, one sophomore and three freshmen. They showed they were able to handle this kind of pressure and fight to the end. This was a team effort today and a good match going into sectionals.”

The Tigers finished tied for 3rd in the south division with a overall record of 7-8.

Versailles bowls in the sectional tournament Marion Lanes in Huber Heights Thursday.

The Versailles JV boys finished second in the South Division with a record of 7-6.

The high game score for the year was 2,312 versus Minster at Community Lanes. High baker series for the year was 819 at Pla-Mor Lanes against Marion Local. High game scores were Quayd Pearson (210), Austin Stammen (147), Adam Cordonnier (137), Jordan Cordonnier (205), Seth Rinderle (199), and Drew Cotner (183).

Versailles girls

lose tough match

LIMA — The Versailles bowling team lost to St. Marys 2,501-2,370 Saturday at Eastgate Lanes.

Leading the way for the Tigers were Haddi Treon 191-160, Morgan Heitkamp 171-180, Morgan Barlage 159-139, Makenize Berning 158-131, Lindsay Cheadle 153 and Jena Mangen 145.

“Things just didn’t go our way today,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said.

In the first game, the Tigers started out rolling the ball well but just didn’t finish the game strong.

“They were throwing the ball OK, we just didn’t get good pin carry,” Phlipot said. “We also gave a lot of pins away at the end of the game leaving opens in the 9th and 10th frames by not sparing.”

Going into the second game, the Tigers were down 100 pins to St Marys with a goal to cut this in half. The lanes changed a little and the ball was hooking a little more and the Tigers just could not take advantage of St Marys’ mistakes, losing game two 813-765 resulting in a 148 pin deficit.

Versailles baker scores were 178-128-158-167-150. The goal was to beat St Marys in bakers and Versailles did that 781-764.

“I am proud of the girls for not giving up,” Phlipot said. “It was a total team effort today. The first game was tough one and made the girls struggle to gain momentum to overcome St Marys and it just didn’t happen. Sometimes you can throw the ball well but the pins do not fall.

“Our conference is one of the toughest conferences in the state so a first place finish in the south division and a second overall in the conference with a 12-3 regular season record are achievements to be proud of. I could not be happier for our team and the girls.”s

Versailles bowls in the sectional tournament Friday at Marion Lanes in Huber Heights.

The Versailles JV girls lost to North division winners St. Marys 2,273-2,190 at Eastgate Lanes Saturday.

Leading the way for the Tigers were Kalstya Thobe 160-169, Madelynn Stewart 131-164, Laney Petitjean 134-152, Natalie York 160-121, Morgan Rinderle 161-108.

The Lady Tigers ended the season first in the North division and second in conference and with a record of 10-2.


Bradford boys

take fourth

SPRINGFIELD – Bradford’s boys placed fourth while the Railroader girls placed fifth in a powerlifting meet on Saturday at Springfield Shawnee.

Saturday’s meet included competition in the bench press and deadlift. There were upperclassmen and underclassmen divisions for boys and girls with medals awarded to the top three placers in each division.

Corey Cotrell won the underclassmen boys 225 pound division, Erica Gaynor won the underclassmen girls 135 pound division, Courtney Monnin won the underclassmen girls 155 pound division, and Jennifer Wolf won the underclassmen girls unlimited division.

Hannah Stine finished second in the underclassmen girls 125 pound division, Aliviyah Boggs finished second in the underclassmen girls 135 pound division, Kirstin Kitts finished second in the underclassmen girls 155 pound division, Nate Fries finished second in the upperclassmen boys 145 pound division, Larkin Painter finished second in the upperclassmen boys 175 pound division, and Ethan Reed finished second in the underclassmen boys 210 pound division.

Hailee Baker finished third in the underclassmen girls 200 pound division, Kyle Kissinger finished third in the underclassmen boys 135 pound division, Keaton Mead finished third in the underclassmen boys 145 pound division, Dylan Mitchell finished third in the underclassmen boys 155 pound division, Jordan Shellenbarger finished third in the upperclassmen boys 165 pound division, Dane Shelton finished third in the underclassmen boys 185 pound division, and Jacob McQuinn finished third in the upperclassmen boys unlimited division.

Bradford will host its own meet on Feb. 24. The Bradford Lions Club is having a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on that day.

This is the 19th year that Bradford has hosted its meet. The meet starts at 10 a.m. and will feature lifts in the bench press, squat and deadlift.