The Nordonia High School boys bowling team got back on track this past week, recording a pair of victories in addition to participating in the G-Men Classic.
On Jan. 23, the Knights traveled to Akron Buchtel, where they posted a 2,132-1,946 victory.
Senior Macauley Kloetzly led the way for Nordonia, rolling the high game of 206 and the high series of 376. In addition, sophomore Ryan Liederbach produced a 201 game and a 347 series.
"It was a little bit of a struggle that night," said Nordonia head coach Bob Glontz. "Our scores weren't as high as they should have been, but the kids were bowling in a house they weren't familiar with. Not only that, but the kids are still young and learning."
The Nordonia girls team, meanwhile, was also victorious. The Lady Knights beat Buchtel by the score of 1,766-1,148.
Junior Dominique Diblasi paced Nordonia by rolling games of 184 and 191 for a 375 series.
On Friday, Jan. 25, Nordonia visited Riviera Lanes to battle Akron Firestone.
This time, the Knights won by a 2,424-2,159 margin. Liederbach led the way with games of 223 and 219 for a 442 series, while senior Nick Vanni rolled games of 204 and 205 for a 409 series.
"It was a good day for most of the varsity boys," said Glontz. "We did pretty well that day."
On Jan. 27, the Nordonia boys competed in the G-Men Classic at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville.
At the end of the first three regular games, the Knights resided in 12th place.
"We struggled in the first game," said Glontz. "We had an 854. You have to at least roll a 950 to have a chance in a tournament like that."
The Knights bowled a 945 in the second regular game and a 904 in the third game.
Nordonia then performed much better in the Baker Games, recording the highest total of any team in the tournament (1,015).
The Knights' scores in the Baker Games were 215, 209, 205, 186 and 180. Those scores helped propel them from 12th place to seventh place overall.
Unfortunately, only the top four teams advanced in the tournament.
Nordonia finished with a final score of 3,718. The fourth-place team posted a score of 3,836. Stow won the tournament.
"If you're going to prep for sectionals, you have to bowl 950 in the regular games to give yourself a shot," said Glontz. "The teams out there are going to be ready to bowl. Our kids have the capability, and we've had good series before. We just have to put it all together."
The Knights now sport an overall record of 8-4, and their mark within the Greater Summit County Bowling League is 7-4.
The Lady Knights, meanwhile, are 6-3-1, both overall and in league action.
On Jan. 30, Nordonia is scheduled to visit Kenmore.
On Jan. 31, the Knights and Lady Knights will celebrate Senior Night with a home match against Copley.