Ho hum, another week another perfect game for a Jonathan Alder High School bowler.
Just eight days after a Pioneers teammate made history with the first perfect game in school history, and what at the time was the only 300 game in the Central District this season, Alder junior Nathan Whiting duplicated the feat by going perfect at the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Championship (MOAC) on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Blue Fusion Bowling Lanes in Marion.
Whiting, on the strength of his perfect game posted a 727 series (213. 300, 214), in winning the MOAC tournament singles championship. Teammate Nathan Yoder rolled his perfect game in a home match against Delaware on Jan. 31.
“The team and whole place went completely crazy, it was very exciting,” Alder coach Rusty Walter said. “It was very special for me to have both Nathan’s bowl perfect games in eight days. I have been coaching these boys since they were 9 and 10 years old. They work hard, they practice a lot, they have put in the hours and hours of practice to earn these honors.”
The Pioneers (4,100) finished third behind league champion Elgin (4,144) and runner-up Buckeye Valley (4,137). In addition to Whiting’s 727, Yoder scored a 633 (204-200-229) and David Adkins finished with a 576 (183-200-193).
Whiting and Yoder also were named to the all-tournament team.
The Jonathan Alder girls team finished in eighth place at the MOAC Championships.
Freshman standout Mackenzie Heimlich came in third with her 594 series (170-209-215), finishing behind Allison Belcher (Pleasant) and Morgan Stuart (Buckeye Valley).
“Mac struggled a little bit getting some carry and stringing strikes but bowled a very solid set after a slow first game,” the coach said. “She is bowling very well right now, she is so consistent. The coaches are also hoping to get a strong performance from Kaylee Griest in the sectionals.
Griest had games of 170, 114 and 131 for a 415 series.
“Kaylee has great form and skills, the more she bowls the better she gets,” Walter said.
Both the Alder boys and girls will compete in the Division II sectional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15 at AMF Sawmill Lanes in Columbus. The boys competition will start at 8 a.m., with the girls starting at 1 p.m.
A total of 14 boys teams (out of 30) and the top 14 individuals not on those teams will advance, while 12 girls teams (out of 24) and top 12 individuals not on those teams will also advance to the D-II district championships on Saturday, Feb. 22 at HP Lanes, also in Columbus.
The Red Raiders (9-8, 5-6) made it a season sweep of their neighboring rivals with a tough-fought 79-67 decision in a game played at London on Saturday, Feb. 8.
London won a similiarly contested game back in January at Plains (2-14, 0-11).
London got a balanced offensive effort as Brok Bennett (20), Zac Carey (19) and Zach Anderson (16) combined to score 55 points, which helped offset the 29-point effort put forth by Madison-Plains High Schools’ Hunter Butin. John Vallery also reached double figures for the Golden Eagles with 11.
Columbus Academy 51,
West Jefferson 41
The Roughriders (1-16, 1-11) struggles continued with a pair of losses over the weekend, including this loss to Mid-State League Ohio Division foe Academy on Saturday, Feb. 8.
West Jeff was right in the game heading into the fourth quarter, leading 32-31. But Academy outscored the visiting Roughriders 19-8 over the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Nick Mendenhall had his best scoring night in some time finishing with 20 points, but he was the only West Jefferson player in double figures.
Grove City Christian 78,
West Jefferson 54
A fast start wasn’t good enough to carry the Roughriders to victory on Friday, Feb. 7 at Grove City Christian (8-12).
West Jefferson held a 26-15 lead after one quarter, but would only score 28 points the rest of the game, including just 16 after halftime in the loss.
Matt Jones (15) led the ’Riders in scoring, while Logan Stepp (13) and Nick Mendenhall (11) both had solid scoring nights.
North Union 51,
Jonathan Alder 44
The Pioneers (10-6, 4-5) watched a seven-game winning streak go up in smoke following a pair of weekend losses.
The team dropped a 51-44 decision to MOAC-leading North Union on Friday, Feb. 7.
Only five players were able to crack the scoring column for the Alder. Trey Pugh scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Hayden Hess (11) and Andrew Koenig (nine) were right around the double-digit platueau.
Jon Peters (five) and Declan Thomas (three) also scored.
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The offensive struggles continued a night later as only four Pioneers players scored in the loss to Bellefontaine on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Pugh scored 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Thomas added nine, Hess finished with seven and Koenig chipped in four.
Shekinah Christian 49,
Granville Christian 37
The Flames (12-6) put together a 21-10 scoring advantage in the second quarter of their game at Granville Christian on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Mitchell Yoder (13), Justin Scheffel (10), Peter Jon Showalter (nine) and Zach Yoder (eight), led the way in the scorebook.
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The Golden Eagles (10-9, 7-5) flexed their muscle in winning this MSL Ohio clash on Friday, Feb. 7 at Academy.
Macy McCollister, the team’s leading scorer, finished the game with a team-best 25 points. Savanna Nelson added eight points in the victory.
West Jefferson 52,
Shekinah Christian 48
The Roughriders (14-5) pulled away in the fourth quarter to win their fifth straight and 14th overall this season on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Shekinah (7-11) got a 25-point explosion from Ashley Gingerich and another 10 from Janelle Roby (10) but that wasn’t enough to stay with the balanced squad from West Jefferson.
Taylor Bowman (12), Kelsey Kirkpatrick (10) and Claire Sterling (10) combined to score 32 while Kennedy Campbell added eight more in the win.
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The Lady Pioneers (8-13) dropped a heartbreaker against neighboring Fairbanks on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Lily Hess (14), Alex Madry (nine), Brooke Foster (eight) and Ashley Day (eight) led a balanced scoring attack. Alder was done in by a five-point scoring output in the game’s second quarter.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.