Last weekend the Champion boys brought their first-ever Division II bowling state title back to the Valley. This weekend, the Canfield boys and Fitch girls will try to do the same thing in Division I.
Both teams are making consecutive trips to the state tournament.
“It feels great to be able to come back year after year and continue fighting,” says Fitch senior Laura Wilson.
“From the first practice, I thought that we could definitely make it again,” adds Canfield junior Ben Shoman.
Canfield’s first ever trip to Columbus, ended with a state championship last year. So now, instead of being the underdog, the Cardinals are the top dog.
“This year people have a little bit more respect for us because second is the lowest we’ve qualified in any tournament we’ve gone to,” says Canfield senior Paul Harris.
Shoman continues, “Back to back, that would be something crazy. Going back, just to show the state championship has to go through Canfield, to be taken, it’s a big honor.”
As for the Falcons, bowling in Columbus is like second nature, having qualified 13 of the last 15 years.
Wilson says, “I think the way we throw our ball is very intimidating, because some girls have trouble with throwing the ball. And, we throw the ball like we know what we’re doing.
“This team is fun and energetic,” adds junior Jessica Halas. “I love this question because I can’t describe us. Every girl on this team has a different personality, and I think it’s a great combo. And people know who we are.”
And they know that after a 13th place showing last year, it’s the little things that make a big difference.
“Focus,” says Halas. “You have to stay focused. You got a goal, you have to go after it.”
The state tournament gets underway on Friday in Columbus.