George is second-team All-Ohio bowler, Columbian ends 14th

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Columbian's Spencer George warms up at the state bowling meet at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus Saturday.

COLUMBUS — Spencer George capped his career by landing on the All-Ohio second team Saturday to highlight Columbian’s first trip to Division I bowling tournament.

George rolled games of 192, 224 and 243 to end ninth individually with a 659 series in the tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

That helped the Tornadoes end 14th in the team standings.

“Top 15 in the state, we can’t be mad at that at all. I’m super excited for them. I had hopes and thoughts of it, but I never thought it would have become a reality,” TC coach Kory Walton said.

“It was great. The experience for them is going to be great. Let’s say we make it again next year. Those nerves will still be there, but they won’t be there as much,” he said.

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Columbian's Tommy Peer warms up at the state bowling meet at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus Saturday

They didn’t appear to affect George much, with the senior getting better with each game. In fact, he started the third game with six strikes in a row before leaving an open frame in the seventh.

“That 243, the kid was locked in. He couldn’t miss. He was hitting his mark, every single shot,” Walton said. “It could have been a 270 with the way he was throwing that ball.”

But nerves played a role early for the team, with the Tornadoes opening with a 923 game.

“I felt like we did pretty well coming out of the gate. We had some miscues, some nerves. I knew there would be some nerves,” Walton said. “After the first few frames, I had a few kids look at me and they said the nerves are out now.”

The nerves went away, but other challenges emerged.

One was the talent on the other teams. Eventual champion Vandalia Butler topped 1,000 pins in each of its regulation games, with senior Drew Sacks repeating as individual champion with a 752 series (246, 247, 259).

Another obstacle was the oil pattern on the synthetic lanes.

“We noticed that the pattern got very touchy and if our speed was too fast or slow, it affected the ball,” Walton said. “The issue was down lane. If it was too far outside, it wouldn’t come back because the oil was pushed down the lane.”

But Columbian persevered and added games of 875 and 913 to close out the regulation portion of play.

The Tornadoes then rolled Baker games of 199, 155 and 143 to end with an overall pin count of 3,208.

Junior Tommy Peer finished 40th with a 575 series (222, 189, 164) for TC and senior Keygan Yonts ended 77th with a 490 (160, 149, 181).

Freshman Zavier Sherman (games of 185 and 180; 365 total), junior Owen Thomsic (185 game) and freshman Michael Ross (145 game) also competed for Columbian.