The Hillsboro Indians saved their best for the final day of the season Saturday afternoon as they earned Division II State Runners-Up honors for their performance at the Division II OHSAA State Bowling Tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
The Indians placed second overall out of what began with 16 teams on the day, with the Indians standing in second place after three games and three Baker games with 3,582 pins, only trailing Coldwater at 3,619 pins.
For the season the Indians also collected a district, sectional and South Central Ohio League championship.
In those first three games, the Indians had scores of 1,004 (Game 1), 1,035 (Game 2) and 897 (Game 3) for a total of 2,936. In the Baker rounds, they totaled scores of 192 (Baker 1), 202 (Baker 2) and 252 (Baker 3) for a total of 646.
Individually for the Indians, after those round two senior bowlers, Sajoun Jones and Tyler King each earned All-Ohio honors. Jones collected the fourth overall best individual score at 648. His game scores included: Game 1: 174, Game 2: 256 and Game 3: 218.
King placed 13th overall in the individual standings to earn honorable mention All-Ohio. King’s scores included: Game 1: 227, Game 2: 228 and Game 3: 171.
Also for the Indians, senior Hunter Lowe was 23rd overall with scores of Game 1: 196, Game 2: 222 and Game 3: 188 for a total of 606.
Hayden Miller, a freshman, also bowled all three games of the qualifying rounds, placing 43rd. His scores were: Game 1: 240, Game 2: 168 and Game 3: 162 for a total of 570.
Sophomore Brendon Ormes bowled in the first game with a score of 167 (94th overall), and sophomore Christian Mcconehea was 96th as he bowled in the third game with a 158 score.
Then came the state finals, where the Top 8 teams advanced, with the Indians being seeded No. 2 out of the top eight teams in a head-to-head matchup, with the format being the best of five (first team to win three games) advancing to the next round.
In the first round, the Indians defeated No. 7 seeded Springfield Emmanuel Christian, 3-1. Against SEC, HHS lost the first game, 158-132, but rallied to win the next three at 197-157, 207-167 and 204-174.
The second round the Indians won, 3-2 over No. 3 seeded Struthers to advance to the state finals. HHS won the first game, 224-191, but then lost game two by a 228-208 score. In the third game, the Indians won 232-149 but again lost game four at 228-202. In the fifth and game-deciding match the Indians won, 227-200.
In the state finals, Hillsboro fell to No. 4 seeded St. Marys Memorial, 3-0. The Indians lost by scores of 209-203, 213-130 and 268-170.