Lady Lion bowling off to 5-1 start

By Chris Hoppes -

The Washington High School girls bowling team is off to a 5-1 start for the 2015-16 season.

Washington began the season on Nov. 17 with a match against Unioto at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe.

Washington won the match, 1,626 to 1,375.

Senior Kate Jude bowled a 158 and a 138 for a two-game series of 296.

Junior Sierra Dawson had scores of 155 and 138 for a series total of 293.

Senior Ciarra Thompson rolled a 136 and a 138 for a total of 274.

Freshman Sammie Arbogast bowled a 120 and a 114 for a series total of 234.

Junior Kaylee Crowe bowled a 135 and a 115 for a 250.

Against Unioto, Washington had Baker game scores of 161 and 118 for the final team total of 1,626.

Washington defeated Westfall on Dec. 1. Scores from that match were not available.

“The Unioto match and the Westfall match were not the best scores, but, it was early in the season,” Washington coach Ron Amore Jr. said. “We got them going and we got the wins.”

On Dec. 2, Washington faced off against State-qualifiers from last season, Miami Trace.

Miami Trace won this match, 2,169 to 2,081.

Sierra Dawson led Washington with a 377 (167 and 210).

Ciarra Thompson rolled a 348 (168 and 180).

Junior Kaitlyn Woods bowled one game of 144 and junior Kelsey Potts bowled one game with a score of 155.

Kaylee Crowe had a combined score of 318 (148 and 170) and senior Kate Jude bowled a 154 and a 121 for a total of 275.

In the Baker games, Washington rolled scores of 174, 152 and 138 to achieve the team total of 2,081.

For Miami Trace, senior Miranda Wheeler bowled a 389 (201 and 188).

Senior Asia Anderson had a combined score of 344 (175 and 169).

Junior Mckenzie Miller bowled a 332 (184 and 148).

Senior Katie Zeigler bowled a 129, freshman Hayley Tipton, 101, junior Macy Detty, 191 and junior Carrie Bennett, 152.

Miami Trace had Baker game scores of 211, 163 and 157 to equate a total of 2,169.

“Our scores against Miami Trace were pretty good,” Amore Jr. said. “This was as close as we’ve ever bowled against them, head to head.”

On Dec. 5, Washington traveled to Wellston, playing a match at Trio Lanes.

Washington won this encounter, 1,786 to 1,372.

Ciarra Thompson led Washington with a 331 (146 and 185).

Kate Jude rolled a combined score of 318 (186 and 132).

Sierra Dawson bowled games of 167 and 131 for a total of 298.

Kaylee Crowe had a score of 266 (158 and 108) and Sammie Arbogast had a score of 258 (157 and 101).

Washington had Baker game scores of 135 and 180 to accumulate a final total of 1,786.

“At Wellston, the lanes were very different,” Amore Jr. said. “The girls adapted; they listened well. It was challenging, but our girls bowled extremely well.”

On Dec. 7, at LeElla Lanes, Washington hosted the team from Zane Trace.

Washington won this match, 1,942 to 1,816.

Kate Jude led Washington with a 346 (173 and 173).

Ciarra Thompson rolled games of 160 and 155 for a 315 total.

Kaylee Crowe had a total of 277 (games of 160 and 117).

Kelsey Potts bowled a 121 game, Sammie Arbogast rolled a 179, Kaitlyn Woods, 113 and Sierra Dawson, 163.

Washington turned in Baker game scores of 156, 123 and 149.

“We like bowling against Zane Trace,” Amore Jr. said. “They have a good program and it’s always challenging for all (Fayette County) teams.

“Our girls stepped up and that was actually, I believe, the first time we’ve beaten Zane Trace,” Amore Jr. said.

Back in SCOL action on Dec. 8 at Wilmington’s Royal Z Lanes, Washington defeated Clinton-Massie, 2,135 to 1,996.

The 2,135 score is the new school record high total for the Lady Lion bowling program.

Kaylee Crowe led Washington with a 379 (152 and 227).

Sierra Dawson rolled a 369 (165 and 204).

Kate Jude bowled a 314 (162 and 152).

Sammie Arbogast bowled a 292 (147 and 145) and Ciarra Thompson had a 280 (139 and 141).

Washington had Baker game scores of 191, 165 and 145 to reach a new school record total of 2,135.

“We’ve broken the school record once or twice before, this season,” Amore Jr. said. “But (2,135) is our highest, ever, so far.

“A couple of girls did not make all-league last year,” Amore Jr. said. “So, when it comes to league matches, they are serious. They bowled really well.

“That was our best score yet, and I don’t think we’re done,” Amore Jr. said. “I think we can do better than that.”

Washington (5-1 overall, 1-1 in the SCOL) is back in action Saturday at noon in the Jonathan Alder Bash in Plain City.

The Lady Lions will bowl against McClain Monday at LeElla Lanes at 3:45 p.m.

This is the second year for McClain High School to have a bowling team.

By Chris Hoppes

Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1

Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1