The Nordonia High School boys and girls bowling teams have continued to show improvement throughout the end of 2016 and into 2017, as the Knights and Lady Knights have played well in a number of matches and tournaments.
On Dec. 26, Nordonia competed in the Stonehenge Christmas Invitational at Stonehenge Lanes. The Knights were seeded second after the first three regular games, but then they were eliminated in the first round of Baker Games. They eventually finished 10th in a field of 24 teams with a pin count of 4,276.
Nordonia senior Conner Novak rolled games of 237-255-269 for a 761 series. That was the best series of any bowler in the tournament.
In addition, senior Phil Toth bowled games of 199-205-222 for a 626 series. Also competing for the Knights were senior Alex Cunningham (161-207-221 for a 589 series) and senior Nolan Postolka (214-201-157 for a 572 series).
The Nordonia girls, meanwhile, were seeded eighth after the first three regular games. They were eliminated by the top seed, Massillon Perry, in the first round of Baker Games.
Senior Hannah Luketic led the way for the Lady Knights with a 530 series, while sophomore Samantha Lewis was next with a 506 series and freshman Kara Freyhauf rolled a 481 series. Rounding out Nordonia's effort were senior Morgan Rittenberger (419 series) and junior Kenzie Pitts (320 series). The Lady Knights finished with a pin count of 3,264.
On Jan. 4, the Nordonia boys kicked off 2017 by hosting Suburban League foe North Royalton at Roseland Lanes. The Knights walloped the Bears by the score of 2,568-1,576.
Novak paced Nordonia with games of 258 and 232 for a 490 series. Cunningham had games of 195 and 242 for a 437 series. In addition, Postolka contributed a 380 series (games of 192 and 188) and Toth accounted for a 354 series (games of 170 and 184).
The Lady Knights were also in action at Roseland Lanes on Wednesday, Jan. 4, battling Magnificat. Nordonia prevailed easily by the score of 2,078-1,399.
Luketic rolled games of 208 and 212 for a 420 series, and Rittenberger produced games of 218 and 153 for a 371 series. Also contributing in the victory were Freyhauf with a 355 series (games of 200 and 155) and Lewis with a 341 series (games of 158 and 183).
On Jan. 7, the Nordonia boys participated in the Falcon Classic at Legend Lanes. The Knights won the tournament by 116 pins over the next closest competitor.
Toth bowled games of 246-222-204 for a 672 series, while Novak had games of 268-210-189 for a 667 series. In addition, Postolka rolled games of 213-237-213 for a 663 series, Cunningham posted games of 158-221-164 for a 543 series, and junior Preston Keglovich added games of 220 and 226.
The Nordonia girls, on the other hand, placed sixth in a field of nine squads at the Falcon Classic on Sunday, Jan. 8. Lewis led the way this time for the Lady Knights, producing a 544 series with games of 179-189-176.
Rittenberger and Luketic both accounted for a 525 series. Rittenberger rolled games of 174-156-195, while Luketic bowled games of 202-156-167. Freyhauf had a three-game series of 444 (127-148-169) and Pitts produced a series of 337 (100-116-121).
The Knights now own a record of 6-1 in match play. The Lady Knights have evened their ledger at 3-3.
"The girls are coming around," said Nordonia girls coach Larry Strimple. "They're bowling well. They're not missing a lot of single-pin spares anymore, which is great to see. The girls are also moving the ball around much better. They're improving, that's for sure."