With the New Year ahead of them, the Nordonia High School boys and girls bowling teams engaged in a flurry of activity during the month of December.
The Knights and Lady Knights visited Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at Stonehenge Lanes Dec. 10.
The Nordonia boys beat the Fighting Irish by the score of 2,177-2,063.
Sophomore Ryan Liederbach rolled the high series for the Knights, posting a 371. He also tied senior Macauley Kloetzly for the high game. Both bowled a 198.
The Nordonia girls, meanwhile, tied Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, as both squads finished with a score of 1,890.
Sophomore Marisa Rittenberger paced the Lady Knights by rolling a 335 series. In addition, junior Krista Anderson accounted for the team's high game with a 177.
On Dec. 17, Nordonia hosted Akron Ellet.
The Knights lost a close match to the Orangemen, falling by a slim 2,496-2,428 margin.
"It was a close match going into the last Baker game," said Nordonia head coach Bob Glontz. "We just couldn't put a good Baker game together. Our first two were really good, but not the last one."
The Knights lost the final Baker game by the score of 225-162.
Once again, Liederbach led the way for Nordonia. He bowled games of 236 and 239 for a 475 series.
The Lady Knights, meanwhile, posted a 1,965-1,894 victory over Akron Ellet.
Rittenberger was at the forefront of Nordonia's attack. She rolled individual games of 207 and 199 for a 406 series.
"She's bowling really well," said Glontz. "She has been all season."
On Dec. 19, the Knights and Lady Knights traveled to Charger Lanes to battle Wadsworth.
The boys team produced a 2,307-2,115 win over the Grizzlies.
Senior Nick Vanni rolled the high series for Nordonia, bowling a 433 on the strength of 233 and 200 games. Senior Nick Higginbotham accounted for the Knights' high game, contributing a 243.
Unfortunately, the Lady Knights suffered a 2,072-1,807 defeat at the hands of Wadsworth. Rittenberger bowled games of 189 and 193 for a 382 series.
As a result of that string of contests, the Nordonia boys team now sports an overall record of 3-2. The Knights are also 3-2 in the Greater Summit County Bowling League.
The Nordonia girls squad is 3-1-1, both overall and in league action.
According to Glontz, the boys team has often struggled at inopportune times.
"That comes from inexperience," said Glontz. "Against Ellet, they had the match in hand. They climbed all the way back and were only down five pins going into the last Baker game. When you have a team on the ropes like that, you have to pounce on them, and we didn't do it.
"But we have to realize that we don't have that much experience. They're not four-year varsity bowlers. We have a lot of young kids who are going to get better."