Hubbard girls finish as state runners-up in bowling; Wess 3rd in individual standings

Staff report


Hubbard High senior Amanda Wess rolled a 651 on Saturday to help the Eagles finish state runners-up at the OHSAA Girls State Bowling Championships at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

Coldwater won the team title by defeating Hubbard in the final, 562-524.

“We’re a little heartbroken,” Hubbard coach Carol Kozbial said after the Eagles’ second straight finish as state runners-up. “I can’t say we really struggled — we had some good shots but some pins didn’t fall.”

Hubbard advanced to the championship match with wins over Massillon Jackson and Beavercreek.

Wess had games of 210, 206 and 235 to finish third in the state in the individual standings. Her teammate, senior Samantha Dudley, finished fifth with a 634 (223-225-186).

Kozbial credited Wess for working “really hard since leaving state last year. She bowls in Junior Traveling Bowling Association events and has improved so much during the course of the year.”

Kozbial says co-captains Wess and Dudley soon will be making college commitments.

“Samantha is our biggest motivator and an excellent spare shooter,” Kozbial said.

Pickerington’s Brittany Beeghley rolled a 654 to win the individual title. Riverside Stebbins’ Sierra Kanemoto had a 652 to finish second, one ahead of Wess.

Three other Hubbard bowlers finished in the Top 30. Junior Sarah Wise placed 24th with a 552 (206-187-159). Right behind her was junior Jenna Wise with 548 (183-156-209).

In 27th place was Hubbard junior Brittany Ferrara with 544 (172-192-180).

Liberty junior Marissa Simon rolled a 559 to finish 22nd. Her games were 178, 221 and 160.

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