Versailles bowlers, gymnasts compete at state


Staff Reports

The Versailles boys bowling team finished 14th in the Division II state bowling tournament.

Versailles rolled games of 864, 878 and 975 for a 2,717 total.

“The boys were a little nervous at the start but we settled in and made some good adjustments, each game we got better,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said.

The Tigers added baker games of 180, 190, 166 for a 3,253 total.

Landon Henry finished 22nd and led Versailles.

He had games of 189, 192 and 255 for a 636 series.

Tyler Gehret rolled games of 176, 184 and 231 for a 591 series, while Jay Mumaw had games of 172, 207 and 176 for a 555 series.

Justin Heitkamp rolled games of 156, 169 and 174 for a 499 series, while Derek Morris rolled a 171 game.

“ I thought the boys bowled really good today,” Phlipot said. “The scores were really high. They have not been this high in a state final in three or four years. The score we had this year would have qualified 6th seed last year.”

“I am proud of these young men on their hard work, passion for the game, and how they work together as a team to get better as the year went on. Thanks to the lone senior Quayd Pearson for a great four years and the leadership he showed to the underclassmen.”

GIRLS

The Versailles girls bowling team lost in the quarterfinals at the D-II state tournament Friday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

In the team competion, Versailles rolled games of 901, 798 and 842 for a 2,541 total and were in fifth place heading into the. baker games.

Versailles rolled bakser games of 193, 194 and 168 for a 555 total in baker games and and overall total of 3,096 to get the fourth seed heading into match play.

“As a coach, I just kept encouraging the girls to relax and have a good time,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said. “We understood that our scores would be a little bit lower then we are used to bowling due to the tough oil pattern. Our team goal was to score around 850-860 each game.”

“We moved to a different pair of lanes in the second game and the pair was not good, the scores were low on that pair all day. The girls regrouped and continued to hit their marks well and only needed minimal adjustments as the oil changed throughout the day. With their consistency they gained ground again and were seeded fifth overall (after the three team games).”

The Tigers would bowl Greenon, the fifth seed in the quarterfinal round.

Versailles lost a heartbreaker 182-181 in the opening game of the best of five.

The Tigers lost the second game 204-163, before rebounding with a 219-186 win in game three to stay alive.

But, Greenon won the fourth game 187-175 to advance to the semifinals.

“We came up a little short today, but this was a true team effort for the Tigers with almost every bowler getting their hands on the ball,” Phlipot said. “I am very proud of the girls they put in the hard work through out the year. Today we just could not catch a break on our first shots.

“We threw a lot of good shots we just could not carry the corner pins. There always seems to be some teams that catch the luck for the day at the State tournament and we needed some of that luck.”

Morgan Heitkamp led the Tigers in individual competition, rolling games of 200, 151 and 204 for a 555 series.

She finished 12th overall to earn honorable mention All-Ohio honors.

Lindsay Cheadle finished 17th overall with games of 197, 163 and 180 for a 540 series, while Morgan Barlage and Kalysta Thobe both rolled 508 series’.

Barlage had games of 165, 181 and 162, while Thobe had games of 172, 178 and 158.

Haddi Treon had a 167 game.

“It has really been a pleasure coaching this group of girls,” Phlipot said. “They were focused, knew how to have a good time, and understood the importance of their team at each match. I want to thank the coaching staff who really are such an important part of what we do week after week. It’s been a pleasure coaching seniors, Morgan Heitkamp, Morgan Barlage, Jena Mangen and Haddi Treon for four years and I hope they can carry some lessons they learned while bowling,”

STATE GYMNASTICS

HILLIARD —- The Versailles gymnastics team finished 10th at the state tournament in the team competition with a score of 135.3

The Tigers finished sixth on the balance beam, 36.675; 10th on the vault, 33.95; and uneven bars, 32.75; and 12th in floor exercise, 33.925.

In individual competition, Jadyn Barga was fifth on the uneven bars, 9.2; tied for eighth on the balance beam, 9.25; was ninth in vault, 9.20; and 20th in floor exercise, 9.075.

Ellie Barga tied for 23rd on the uneven bars, 8.60; and tied for 27th in floor exercise, 8.90.

Maddie Ahrens tied for 23rd on the balance beam, 8.825; and 30th in floor exercise, 8.875.

In the all-around competition, Jadyn Barga was tied for sixth, 36.725; Ellie Barga was 24th, 35.125; and Ahrens was 30th, 34.85.