Lakewood OH

North Olmsted’s girls bowlers roll through sectionals

The North Olmsted High School girls bowling team, pictured front row (L-R): Angela Gale, Amanda Pfeiffer, Nicole Larson, Tori Phillips and amanda Gale; second row (L-R): coach Jeff Beitel, coach Ralph Sulzmann, Katey Hull, Marissa Kostandaras, Kirsten Wykowski, head coach Tom Hart and coach Jim Winkler. (Photo courtesy of North Olmsted High School)

By Ryan Kaczmarski

The North Olmsted girls bowling team went into the sectional tournament last Sunday and came out on top, winning the whole thing with 3,830 total pins.

The Eagles beat out the nearest competitor, Vermilion, by 284 pins. This has kept with the story of the squad’s entire year, in which they were 17-0 in the regular season.

Seniors Katey Hull (team captain) and Kirsten Wykowski have led the team all season both in and out of the alley.

“They have been our top-two bowlers all season,” head coach Tom Hart said.

“I really love that we went 17-0,” Hull said. “It means a lot, because it’s my last year (in high school). If we just stay concentrated and motivated – willing to fight for it – we can make it to state.”

Wykowski sees herself as in a leadership role, helping the younger, more inexperienced players on the team.

“I try to help them,” she said. “I’m more of like a down-playing type of person. I try to keep people calm and focused on the task at hand.”

This amazing run started in the second week of the 2011-12 season.

“Last season, we were 14-1, and only lost the first match (against Amherst), then won 14 in a row,” Hart said. “We met up with them in the conference tournament and in sectionals (last season) and beat them both times, so going into this year, they knew we were the team to beat.”




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