The boys bowling team had an extremely successful season finishing with an overall record of 13-3. They began their season on Jan. 5 against Berlin. They came out with a win 2065-1879. Junior Nick Kicas led the team with games of 213 and 153 with a series of 366. On Jan. 6, the Pioneers faced the Braves, Orange came out on top of Olentangy 2207-1838. Kicas led the team again with games of 226 and 162 for a series of 388. Junior Jake Burre had games of 186 and 210 for a series of 396. On Jan. 19 the boys faced yet another district rival, the Liberty Patriots. The Pioneers beat the Patriots 2207-1891. Burre had a match high with games of 241 and 182 and a series of 423. Senior Marcus Turner had games of 192 and 166 for a series of 358. The boys went into this scrimmage with a chip on their shoulders to remain undefeated and to successfully beat all three of the Olentangys.
On Jan. 15 the boys were in a tight match against the New Albany Eagles. Going into the match, the teams were the only two undefeated teams in group A in Central Ohio. With only 17 points separating the two teams, the Pioneers snuck away with a win 2276-2224. Freshman Bobby Drexel had games of 161 and 216 for a series of 377. During this match, Burre set a new school record for a two game high series of 497. This record had stood for 9 years.
“At the moment I didn’t know what the record was, I thought I might have been close. I didn’t know until after the match that I had broken it, so at that point I was ecstatic because that record had been set several years ago so having my name on the record list is pretty awesome,” Burre said.
On Feb. 10 the boys faced Westerville North. They came out with a win 2220-1657, ending undefeated in the OCC Buckeye division. The team performed at the State Championship on Mar. 6. They placed 15th in the tournament. The team had not attended states since 2015. Overall they finished with a record of 13-3 and a conference record of 11-0. Looking into next year the boys are excited to begin preparing for the season.
“I’m excited for next season, all of us are waiting for spring sports to end so we can get out there in summer and get work in. We are hungry and want more. We want to win states. It will be a lot of one on ones with our coach but hard work pays off,” Freshman Bobby Drexel said.
This season was slightly different from others for the girls. During many of their matches they had to play with only four girls instead of five due to one of the players being in quarantine. With this disadvantage, it was not possible to win those matches due to the player shortage. The girls opened their season on Jan. 5 against Berlin. With only 38 points separating the two teams, the Pioneers came out on top of the Bears 1640-1602. Junior Lauryn Deck led the team with games of 199 and 157 with a series of 356. Junior Lauren Berend had games of 160 and 103 with a series of 263.
On Jan. 11 the Pioneers faced the Kilbourne Wolves and came out on top 1725-1676. Junior Eve Wicks led the team with games of 198 and 194 for a series of 392. On Jan. 12 the girls faced Grandview Heights in a close fought match. The girls came out on top 1465-1398. Wicks led the team with games of 212 and 193 for a series of 235. Berend had games of 106 and 112 for a series of 218.
“One match that we played away, the home team had us playing on lane 1, which is always the worst lane in an alley, and our fan from our ball return didn’t work. We all went into the game with a bad attitude because we knew because of this we couldn’t win. We all ended up doing really well and beat the home team. I remember from that match, no matter how horrible your lane is, you can still put effort in and perform your best,” Senior Sidney Brisson said.
Brisson battled through an injury mid season which affected her game play. Through this injury, Brisson was still able to beat some personal records of her own.
“I am going to miss the practices and the new friends I made from the sport. They made practices as fun as they could be and I really hope I’ll be able to play with them again one day.” Brisson said.
Written By: Jenna Durst