St. Marys Girls Roll To State

Members of the St. Marys Roughriders girls bowling team pose with their district runner-up trophy after competing in the Division II district bowling tournament on Thursday at Interstate Lanes in Rossford.
Sports Editor

Avenging last season's Division II district tournament, the St. Marys Roughriders advanced to the state competition for the first time since winning the state title in 2011 on Thursday at Rossford's Interstate Lanes with a runner-up finish.

"(It was a) very tough day," Roughriders coach Jay Gibson said in a text message Thursday night. "We were just above the cut most of the first part of the day. As things started getting tougher, the teams ahead of us started to falter (and) we kept plugging away."

The Roughriders finished 16 pins shy of being crowned district champions as Coldwater finished with a district-best 3,664 pins, followed by St. Marys' 3,648 and Bryan for third with 3,583. The top three teams and the top three individual scores not on qualifying teams advance to the Division II state tournament on March 3 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Bath's Bryana Twining (585), Van Wert's Lorrie Decker (578) and Perkins' Gloria Plue (564) each advanced to state competition as individuals.

"Very proud of our girls for fighting through it and advancing," Gibson said. "That was our first goal."

The Roughriders were led by Jaden Gibson with a 557 series (172, 204, 181) followed closely by Grace Dicke with a 546 series (182, 198, 166).

Brittany Freytag rolled a 513 series (158, 149, 206) and Dorian Regedanz rolled a series of 469 (168, 141, 160).

Last season, St. Marys narrowly missed out on going to state as a team as Gibson was the lone Roughrider to advance as an individual, but this season, the entire team will get to compete for another state championship.