A lot of people may not realize, including myself that there is high school bowling in Indiana and Wabash County has some great bowlers, including the sectional champion , runner-up and third place finisher on the boys side and the sectional third and fourth place finishers for the girls.
Wabash County did not have any teams advance to this Saturday’s regional in Muncie, but bowlers can advance as a team or individual and Wabash County had some great individual performances that will take them to Muncie’s regional.
Here is the way it works and how it went down this past Saturday at the sectional. High school bowling works like it does on TV. Each bowler bowls a series, with the top four advancing. At that point the #4 and #3 seeded bowlers roll one game against each other with the winner advancing to roll one game against the #2 seeded bowler. That winner then rolls one game against the #1 seed for the title.
In boys action Saturday, after rolling their series, Northfield’s Dallas Hovey was seeded #1 with a 788 series, which included a 299 in one game. Northfield’s Brandon Keppell was seeded #2 with a 643. Tim Duell of Southwood was seeded #3, rolling a 639. Northfield’s Joseph Mitchell ended up #5 with a 616 series, not making the top 4.
The first game in the step ladder system would be #3 seed Duell facing Ben Shields of Oak Hill. Duell defeated Shields 222-185 to advance and face #2 seed Keppell. Duell again would advance, defeating Keppell 189-180 and face #1 seed Dallas Hovey for the sectional title. In a low scoring, nerve racking nail biter, Hovey would top Duell 167-162 for the title.
On the girls individual side of things in became a Southwood/Mississinewa dual. After the series were finished, Southwood’s Mikala Mettler was seeded #2, rolling a 549, while her team mate Maureen Donaldson was seeded #4 with a 480. The Knights Ashlei Spencer rolled a 443 and did not advance.
In the step ladder system, Southwood’s Maureen Donaldson would take on #3 seed Kelsey Eastes of Mississinewa and fall 129-155, leaving Donaldson as the 4th place finisher. Eastes would then meet #2 seed Southwood’s Mikala Mettler, upsetting Mettler 188-180 leaving Mettler as the 3rd place finisher. Eastes then met her team mate, #1 seed Madison Lennen, with Lennen winning 172-165.
The Wabash County bowling teams bowl in the Mid Central Indiana Conference. The conference advanced 2 boys teams and 1 girls team to the regional. The boys teams were Eastbrook and Oak Hill, while the girls advancing was Mississinewa.
Individually from Wabash County advancing for the boys are Dallas Hovey of Northfield, Brandon Keppell of Northfield, Tim Duell of Southwood and Joseph Mitchell of Northfield.
Individuals advancing for the girls are Mikala Mettler and Maureen Donaldson of Southwood.
The coach of Southwood is Bob Mettler. Northfield is Robyn Hovey