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Bowling teams are undefeated in SWOC
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:37 PM

The Harrison boys’ bowling team continued its winning ways last week, picking up three wins to run its record to 6-0 for the season. The Cats also are 2-0 in the Southwest Ohio Conference.

The Ladycats team won two of the three matches to improve to 4-2 on the season. They also are 2-0 in the SWOC.

It was a week of “almost” for the boys. Both Rob Ruehl and Dylan Wages entered the 10th frame with nine consecutive strikes, but neither could finish off the perfect games. Ruehl had a 278 in the team’s win over Hamilton and had a 504 series to lead the team. Wages had a 279 against Mount Healthy and ended up with a 502 series.

“We’re feeling pretty good right now,” said Harrison coach Todd Sams.

The Cats can’t relax, though. They have three matches this week against Lakota West, Oak Hills, and Northwest. Oak Hills recently won the Holiday Classic tournament and is ranked first among teams in Greater Cincinnati. Their girls’ team finished in the top five in the classic.

The Ladycats were led by Gabby Grubbs in the win over Mount Healthy. Grubbs rolled a 168 game and had the high series with a 316. Freshman Rachelle Grubbs had a 161 game and a 300 series against Hamilton.

A week earlier, the Harrison boys’ bowling team set a school record in winning a tri-match with LaSalle and Roger Bacon. The Cats knocked down 2,987 pins to break the previous school record of 2,982, which was set in 2005 in a win over Northwest.

“This was a huge victory for us,” said Sams.

LaSalle finished in second place with 2,739 pins and Roger Bacon finished third with 2,674.
The boys also defeated Amelia as they picked up 2,806 pins to just 1,902 for Amelia. Tyler McCowan led Harrison with a 237 average in that win.

At the recent Holiday Classic, a short-handed Harrison team finished 13th out of 30 teams. Illness struck the Cats that day.

“Excuses kind of stink, but I know we would have been in the top ten had all of our top bowlers been there,” said Sams.

The Cats then opened play in the Southwest Ohio Conference and defeated Wilmington by a score of 2,656-2,548. Dylan Wages led Harrison with a 205 average.

“It was a solid, hard-fought victory,” said Sams. “I was very pleased to win our first league match.”

The Harrison girls got off to a good start in defeating Amelia, 2,169-1,584. They next split a tri-match, losing to Mother of Mercy but defeating Roger Bacon. Mercy had 2,453 pins to 2,123 for Harrison and 1,671 for Roger Bacon.

In the Holiday Classic, Harrison placed 16th out of 28 teams. The Ladycats opened the league season with a 2,065-1,828 victory over Wilmington.

The girls have had several outstanding performances this season. Gabby Grubbs had a 234 game at the Holiday Classic and Miranda Day averaged 177 pins in that tournament. In addition, Lexis Dole had a 187 game against Wilmington, Rachelle Grubbs rolled a 217 game in her very first varsity match against Amelia, and Paige Raines had a 189 gave against Amelia.

The girls have a 3-1 record and have scored over 2,000 pins in each of their match-play events thus far. This is well above the team’s average of 1,850 pins last year, according to Sams.