MINSTER — Versailles kicked off the bowling season with WOHSBC singles tournament at Minster Community Lanes.
“The number of individual bowlers was down this year since the WBL split,” said Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said. “There was a field of 49 bowers, including nine from Versailles.”
The tournament format included each bowler bowling 2 games and then cutting to the top 28 overall scores, then the top 28 bowlers bowled one more game with the top four bowling head-to-head.
After two games, the Versailles bowlers in the top 18 were Jordan Cordonnier, Sam Bensman, Jay Mumaw, Chad Shimp, and Landon Henry.
“I encourage the boys to always keep their head in the game even if they are struggling because there is always a chance and with adjustments the tides can turn,” Phlipot said.
Jordan Cordonnier impressed, starting his game 3 with seven strikes and ended with a score of 257.
That jumped him from 10th to second place.
Heading into match play Cordonnier faced Matt Mesher from St Henry. He started hot with a couple strikes and put pressure on Mescher.
Cordonnier went on to mark every frame, but Mesher became hot and struck four in a row before throwing a split in the 10th frame.
In order to advance Cordonnierneeded to throw a strike ball. He threw a good ball but only nine pins fell so he picked up his spare, threw one last strike and fell to Mescher 195-194.
Cordonnier then moved on to the consolation match and bowled against Derek Siefring from Coldwater. Siefring rolled 254 to Cordonnier’s 149.
“I am proud of Jordan’s (Cordonnier) focus and success for the day,” Phlipot said. “This is a good confidence builder.”
Tiger scores included Cordonnier 142-222-257, Sam Bensman (sixth) 160-186-225, Jay Mumaw (seventh) 162-199-203, Chad Shimp (15th) 139-195-185. Landon Henry (24th) 144-166-155, Matthew Francis 148-138, Tyler Gehret 131-147, Drew Cotner 131-126 and Alex Kunk 128-108.
“The first match is tough as the bowlers all have nerves but the boys all worked hard and improved throughout the day,” Phlipot said.
Versailles will bowl Marion Local on Saturday at Plaza Lanes in Celina.
There was a field of 34 bowlers, with nine of those being from Versailles.
Morgan Barlage led qualifying after two games with matching scores of 205.
“Morgan (Barlage) was consistent with her shot,” Phlipot said.
Also making the top 18 were Haddi Treon, Morgan Heitkamp, Lindsay Cheadle, Natalie York and Mallory York.
After bowling a third game, Morgan Barlage still led qualifying and was seeded first, Elena Bulcher from Ft Loramie was second, third seed was Lauren Wenning from Coldwater and fourth seed was Versailles’ Haddi Treon. That set up a semifinal match between Barlage and Treon.
The pins were falling and both girls struck the first two frames.
Barlage won the match 206-192.
“This was a good match where the girls had a chance to push each other.” Phlipot said.
Barlage moved on to the championship match bowling against Bulcher and Treon bowled Wenning in the consolation match.
Bulcher won the title match 234-161, Wenning won the consolation match over Treon 174-108.
“The lanes changed, and we struggled to get Haddi (Treon) lined up,” Phlipot said. “She never gave up trying.”
Overall Versailles scores were Barlage 205-205-170, Treon 169-203-173, Lindsay Cheadle (seventh) 174-167-156, Morgan Heitkamp (10th) 150-159-157, Natalie York (16th) 157-134-148, Mallory York (18th) 157-131-102, Kalysta Thobe 136-133, Jena Mangen 125-120 and Madelynn Stewart 115-128.
“I am very happy with the way the girls bowled today,” Phlipot said.
Versailles will bowl Marion Local Saturday at Plaza Lanes in Celina.