The Nordonia High School boys and girls bowling teams continue to gear up for the postseason tournaments with a flurry of activity. That activity recently included a pair of home matches against Suburban League foes and a tournament.
The first match was against Twinsburg Jan. 9, at Roseland Lanes. The boys prevailed by the score of 2,493-1,889.
Senior Conner Novak led the way for Nordonia, rolling games of 213 and 248 for a 461 series. In addition, senior Nolan Postolka bowled games of 173 and 221 for a 394 series. Senior Alex Cunningham was another major contributor for the Knights (games of 183 and 210 for a 393 series).
The Lady Knights, on the other hand, dropped a 1,919-1,409 decision to Twinsburg.
Senior Morgan Rittenberger led the way with a 318 series (games of 172 and 146), while freshman Kara Freyhauf tallied games of 127 and 126 for a 253 series.
In addition, sophomore Samantha Lewis bowled games of 100 and 134 for a 234 series. Junior Kenzie Pitts added games of 99 and 97 for a 196 series.
The second match was against Copley Jan. 12, at Roseland Lanes. Once again, the boys were victorious, this time by the score of 2,692-2,487.
Novak rolled games of 238 and 223 for a 461 series, while senior Phil Toth had games of 256 and 183 (439 series). In addition, Postolka contributed games of 214 and 218 (432 series) and Cunningham accounted for games of 193 and 218 (411 series).
The girls squad, meanwhile, lost a heartbreaker to Copley by the score of 2,066-2,059. Rittenberger and Lewis paced the Lady Knights, both rolling a 353 series. Rittenberger rolled games of 174 and 176, while Lewis bowled games of 204 and 149.
Luketic contributed games of 173 and 171 for a 344 series, Freyhauf accounted for games of 148 and 162 (310 series), and Pitts had games of 115 and 125 for a 240 series.
The Rootstown Rover Sectional Preview took place Jan. 14, at Bill White AMF Lanes.
The Knight boys captured first place in the tournament by 20 pins, beating out 23 other teams. Toth finished fifth in the individual standings with games of 201, 227, and 248 for a 676 series.
Next were Novak with games of 246, 205, and 221 (672 series) and Postolka with games of 209, 232, and 226 (667 series). Cunningham contributed games of 179, 244, and 211 for a 634 series.
The Nordonia girl place 12th in a field of 19 teams. Luketic led the way with a 517 series (189-171-157), followed by Freyhauf with a 508 series (139-166-203). Lewis and Rittenberger both had a 493 series. Lewis rolled games of 138-186-169 and Rittenberger bowled games of 178-150-165.
"Our alternate, Kenzie Allen, really helped us out in the Baker Games," said Nordonia head coach Larry Strimple. "She did a good job for us."
The Knights now own a record of 8-1 in match play, while the Lady Knights are 4-4.
On Jan. 20, the Knights and Lady Knights will travel to Charger Lanes to battle league foe Wadsworth at 4 p.m.