Feb. 7 marked the beginning of the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament season for winter sports, starting with Division II boys and girls bowling at various sites around the state.

Locally, several teams competed at AMF Medina Lanes. Three teams and three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to districts following three games and six Baker games.

Triway (3,755 total score), Brookside (3,587) and Firelands (3,480) advanced to districts as teams. The Cardinals were led by Steven Biltz (548 series), Mason Besserer (535) and Adam Smail (519). Lutheran West finished fifth in the team standings (3,259) but will send sophomore Josh Maslanich (620 series) to districts as an individual.

Fairview finished 11th (2,099), led by freshman Joseph Cole’s 477 series.

In the girls competition, Triway (3,601), Keystone (3,379) and Coventry (3,157) comprised the top three in the team standings, with 10 teams present. Brookside finished fourth with a final score of 2,925. Individual district qualifiers included Black River’s Lillie Wacker (574 series), Clearview’s Gabrielle Suprun (528) and Wellington’s Whitney Kirschner (524).

Brookside senior Julianna Frazier rolled a 512 series, with a high game of 197, and finished eighth on the leaderboard. Fairview junior Lizzie Rader finished 14th with a 480, including a 179 in her third game. Lutheran West’s top finisher was sophomore Skyanne Zavatsky (442).

District tournaments for Div. II will begin this sunday.

National Signing Day

On Feb. 3, area athletes signed their Letters of Intent to continue pursuing their chosen sports at the college level.

From Avon, those athletes included Lia Sadd (Ohio Wesleyan women’s track and field), Ally Rennette (Slippery Rock University women’s track and field), Jett Wieber (John Carroll University men’s track and field), Nick Gardner (Grand Valley State University men’s track and field), Ela Kisin (Long Island University women’s soccer), Keegan Dawson (St. Bonaventure University men ‘s soccer), Jack Hindman (Baldwin Wallace University men’s tennis), Jake Frye (Duquesne University football) and Cael Saxton (University of Chicago wrestling).

From North Olmsted, signees included Anthony Guercio (Fairmont State University football) and Collin Strong (Ashland University football).

Eagles bow out of Baron Cup

Justin Christ’s hat trick gave the North Olmsted hockey team life late in its Baron Cup II opener Feb. 6, but Kent Roosevelt was eventually able to seize a 5-4 victory in three overtimes.

The ninth-seeded Eagles (1-12) trailed for most of the afternoon at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn, falling behind 2-1 in the first period and 4-2 by the end of the second. But Christ scored twice within less than two minutes to tie it with 9:59 remaining in regulation.

The game required three extra periods to decide until the eight-seeded Rough Riders (8-5-2) broke through with 3:04 left on senior winger Ethan Steffl’s game-winning goal. They will move on to face No. 1 Olmsted Falls this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Ryan Bonham added a second-period power play goal for the Eagles, who will take on Westlake in their regular season finale tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the North Olmsted Recreation Center rink.

Also in Baron Cup II competition, No. 2 Avon will face either No. 7 Solon or No. 10 Cleveland Heights tomorrow at 6 p.m. As the No. 3 seed, Avon Lake will take on either No. 6 Aurora or No. 11 Kenston tomorrow at 8 p.m., just after Avon’s game finishes up.

Championship games for Baron Cups I, II, and III are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, starting with the Baron Cup III final at 1 p.m.

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