TV boys bowling wins league championship

The Teays Valley boys bowling team extended its streak of Mid-State League Buckeye Division championships to five on Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

Sam Rodgers, who was named 1st Team All-MSL, led the Vikings with a 567 series. 

The Vikings opened the tournament with a 907-team game, and then an 881-team game. After making key adjustments, the Vikings rebounded with a 967-team game in Game 3. 

After a slow start in the 3 Baker games, the Vikings erupted for a 233 in Game 3, headed into the Best-of-3 Baker Bracket with Hamilton Township. The Rangers led the field all day, pacing the field by over 300 pins after qualifying. 

In Game 1 of the bracket, the Vikings defeated the Rangers 204-157. In Game 2, the Vikings boys were able to pull away and defeat the Rangers 202-179, to win the bracket and secure the championship. 

TV scoring: Sam Rodgers 224-196-147 547; Zavier Gest 189-180-195 564; Jullian Cunningham 161-162-234 557; Lukas Dunbar 190-163-188 541; Jacob McDonald 180-203 383; Justin Tackett 143; Baker Games 150-160-233-204-202 949

All season long, the team has been under the leadership of Coach Erik Fischer. Coach Fischer has done an outstanding job of getting the boys to play together, and make crucial adjustments. Coach Fischer, who was on the 2012 MSL Championship team, is able to use his playing experience as a tool of wisdom for the team. 

There were many Vikings who secured All-MSL Honors:

1st Team

Sam Rodgers 

2nd Team

Zavier Gest

Jullian Cunningham

Lukas Dunbar 

Logan Elm and Circleville were also in action at the league tournament.

Logan Elm scoring: Tristan Shiller 86-159-112 357; Brenyn Ream 86; Evan Arledge 109; Sam Braun 131-114-142 387; Matthew Fullen 144-181-183 508; Lance Berard 205-237-267 709 (player of the year); Baker Games 151-148-100 399

Circleville scoring: Trey Bigam 116-147-141 404; Justin Darnell 116-143-109 368; Justin Vance 138-219-140 497; Cael Noble 195-150-106 451; Greyson Buckley 140-120-166 426; Baker Games 139-114-142 395


The Vikings continued their season of growth on Saturday at the MSL Tournament. After two strong team games to start off the tournament, the Vikings slipped up in Game 3, falling to only a 583 game. 

Despite the strong efforts in the Baker Games, the Vikings were unable to overcome the deficit, finishing only 9 pins out of the cut from the Bracket, behind MSL Runner-Up Logan Elm. 

The Vikings were led by 1st Team All-MSL player Kenna Barnes. Barnes, who is a Sophomore and team captain, shot a 440 series on the day. Freshman Gretchen Stachler finished 2nd Team All-MSL, shooting a 422 series. Junior Loralai Kinzy and Freshman Vivian Hankins were each Honorable Mention All-MSL with a 367 and 322, respectively, series. 

TV scoring: Kenna Barnes 146-157-137 440; Gretchen Stachler 150-152-120 422; Loralai Kinzy 114-116-137 367; Vivian Hankins 131-110-111 352; Emma Cremeans 122-99 221; Haley Fout 78; Baker Games 139-121-143 403

Coach Leah Deaner has been an integral part of the growth of the Vikings this season. Coach Deaner, who bowled at SCAD-Atlanta, has tremendous attention to detail with the team and is able to make crucial adjustments with each of the players. She is also a role model and relates extremely well to each player.

The Vikings had numerous All-MSL recipients: 

1st Team

Kenna Barnes

2nd Team

Gretchen Stachler 

Honorable Mention

Loralai Kinzy

Vivian Hankins 

Hamilton Township defeated Logan Elm 2-1 in Baker Games to win the league championship.

Logan Elm scoring: Elle Stonerock 81; Kinsley Sickels 103-153-115 371; Marlo Smith 150-129-137 416; Makayla Davis 122-179-156 457; Cheyenne Lawson 127-126-174 427; Slyvia Mayhugh 115-96 211; Baker Games 101-112-118 331

Circleville scoring: Emily Buckley 107-91 198; Izzy Seeley 101-142-85 328; Elaina Seeley 148; Payton Ford 113-97 210; Shelby Hixon 133-152-141-426; Alyssa Sharp 118-109-124 351; Baker Games 133-84-123 340

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