COLUMBUS — Macy Detty has experienced the highs, and a few lows, during her high school bowling career.
On Friday, Detty concluded the high school portion of her athletic career by competing at the Division II State tournament.
The tournament was held at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on South High Street.
It turned out to be a tough go for Detty as she bowled a three-game total of 506.
It was unfortunate for Detty, who came into the State tournament as the highest-scoring bowler from any District with a 670 three-game series.
Detty had game scores of 175, 170 and 161.
“It was kind of a rough day for Macy,” Miami Trace coach Kaleb Taylor said. “Obviously, she was nervous; it’s a different environment.”
The State tournament attracts a large crowd. There were bleachers set up all across the 48-lane facility.
Those bleachers were filled and folks stood several people deep behind that, trying to watch their favorite participant.
A couple of gentlemen even had periscopes with their school name of choice painted in the school colors so they could follow the action, even while standing at the back of the throng.
“Overall, she did well,” Taylor said. “She made some nice shots. She just missed some key spares that took her total down. She should be proud. I’m proud of what she did today.
“She had some bad luck,” Taylor said. “It just wasn’t her day today.
“Macy’s been a leader from the start since I became the coach three years ago,” Taylor said. “She’s been a great influence on the younger bowlers, just pushing everybody to be the best that they can be. That’s Macy right there.”
“There are always good days and bad days in bowling,” Detty said. “I wasn’t covering my spares today like I should have been. It’s just a whole different environment here at State.
“You have to take it one shot at a time,” Detty said. “I guess I couldn’t get out of my own head today. I did end today with a strike, so, that was a plus.”
Detty had support at State from her parents, two teammates, Mckenzie Miller and Shira Beedy, as well as athletic director Aaron Hammond and principal Rob Enochs. The head coach of Rio Grande, where Detty will attend college in the fall and play on the Red Storm bowling team, Bret Little, was also in the house.
“I’m grateful for everyone who came,” Detty said. “Every single one of the girls sent me a text last night. They were all wishing me luck. I had a video sent to me by my Soundsations class, of them wishing me luck. The support I’ve gotten from the community and everybody has just been overwhelming and I can’t thank them enough.
“It’s hard to put into words,” Detty said. “I’ve gotten so much out of this. I’ve gotten to work with girls and watch them succeed and I’ve bettered myself through this program. I’ve gotten to experience two coaches; my freshman year we had Anthony Amore as the coach and then going to Kaleb. They were both pushing me to be the best that I can be.”
Senior Ally Hosier of Mechanicsburg won the State individual title with a score of 656.
The team from Coldwater won the State, followed by Willard, Springfield Northwestern, Norton, Minerva, Mechanicsburg, Jonathan Alder and Galion Northmor was eighth.
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