Nordonia sophomore Ryan Liederbach is headed back to the state bowling tournament.
Liederbach, who qualified for states last year as a freshman, advanced to Columbus by virtue of his performance at the Division I district tournament Feb. 24 at Crest Lanes in Warren.
Liederbach finished third overall at the tournament, rolling a 662 series. He posted games of 248, 235 and 179 to account for that series total.
Liederbach was one of two Nordonia bowlers competing at the district tournament. The other one was senior Nick Vanni.
Vanni finished with a 476 series, which included a high game of 167.
"Nick struggled," said Nordonia head coach Bob Glontz. "I don't know if it was a case of nerves, but he wasn't able to find the right spot to throw the ball."
According to Glontz, Liederbach was on his way to a 700 series before faltering slightly at the end of his second game.
"He missed the spare in the 10th frame of the second game, and that was his first open frame of the day," said Glontz. "I think it kind of rattled him a little, and he struggled from there. But a 662 series is certainly nothing to sneeze at."
Liederbach will bowl in the state tournament March 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
According to Glontz, if Liederbach can display the same level of focus that he did at the district tournament, a 700 series in Columbus is a distinct possibility.
Glontz indicated that Liederbach's prior experience at the State Tournament should work in his favor this time around. He'll know more of what to expect, which will allow him to relax--and focus--more easily.