The Nordonia High School boys and girls bowling teams competed in the Greater Summit County Bowling League Tournament this past weekend, in preparation for the upcoming sectional tournament.
The Knights bowled in the league tournament at Midway Lanes in Tallmadge Feb. 8, finishing fifth overall. The Lady Knights, meanwhile, bowled the following day at Midway Lanes, placing second.
According to Nordonia head coach Bob Glontz, the boys couldn't find a rhythm.
"They didn't have a good day," said Glontz. "It was one of those days where they struggled. They won a lot of matches the previous week, but they weren't able to do much.
"The lanes were a little tough, and all of the scores were low. The bowlers who knew what to do made it through the day, but those that didn't struggled all day."
Leading the way for the girls was junior Dominique Diblasi, who rolled both the high series (375) and the high game (237). In addition, junior Krista Anderson bowled a 350 series to aid the Lady Knights' cause.
"It was a battle between the girls and Green all day long," said Glontz. "At one point, we were in first place. The girls are showing a lot of promise. They're really fighting to win. We're happy with the way they're bowling."
The Nordonia girls also battled non-conference opponent Twinsburg Jan. 28. The Lady Tigers beat the Lady Knights by the score of 2,331-2,083.
Freshman Hannah Mazzulo paced Nordonia with a high game of 202, while sophomore Marisa Rittenberger accounted for the team's high series with a 355. Mazzulo also rolled a 345 series.
Then Nordonia clashed with league foe Akron Kenmore on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 30, posting a 1,841-1,561 victory.
Diblasi paced the Lady Knights, posting a high game of 182 and a high series of 350.
On Jan. 31--the Nordonia girls knocked off league rival Akron Copley by a wide 1,918-1,544 margin at home.
Diblasi was once again at the forefront of the Lady Knights' attack, bowling games of 188 and 167 for a series total of 355.
The Nordonia girls finished the regular season with records of 8-4-1 overall and 8-3-1 in league action. The boys were 11-4 overall and 9-4 within the league.
On Feb. 16, the Nordonia boys squad will participate in the district tournament at Midway Lanes. On Feb. 17, the Nordonia girls will do the same at Roseland Lanes.
The top five boys teams qualify for the district tournament, while the top four girls squads advance to the district level of competition.
"Both teams have a chance [of advancing]," said Glontz. "The boys just have to bowl well, bowl the way they're capable. Roseland is our house, so hopefully that will work out in the girls' favor and they'll also do well."