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Cardinals rally from behind to win Sectionals

February 14, 2013
Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer
Written by
Brandon Kors

Colerain coach Debbie Potzner was battling a sinus headache during the sectionals tournament, but she didn’t complain when her bowlers belted into “Colerain Style,” a rendition of artist PSY’s hit song “Gangnam Style.” 

Fittingly, it was all Colerain style after the Cardinals, No.4 in the Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, won sectionals in a come-from-behind victory at Colerain Bowl Wednesday by defeating Mason 3703-3647.

Northwest finished third with a score of 3579 while McAuley, Fairfield, Seton and Badin rounded out the top seven. The top seven teams and the top seven individuals not on a qualifying team advance to districts. Districts are Feb. 22 at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek.

The Cardinals lost to eventual Greater Miami Conference champions Mason Nov. 26. The loss was Colerain’s first and only defeat of the season, as it proceeded to win its next 14 matches.
Mason coach Connie Smith said she would have liked to win but wasn’t surprised with the results given the way Colerain has been playing.
“They have been really on fire lately,” Smith said. “I have to give it to them; they’re really a fantastic team.”
Colerain senior Morgan Hoehn led the Cardinals with an average of 189.67, the seventh-best average of the day. Senior Allison Holterman finished 10th with an average of 187.

Hoehn said she was quite pleased with the results individually and as a team.

“I don’t know how to explain it, but to know that we could get top eight and get first place is definitely an A-plus in my book,” Hoehn said.

McAuley junior Lexi Baker had the top individual score with an average of 204. Senior Jasmine Daniels from Winton Woods was the top non-school qualifier for districts with an average of 199.33.

Colerain and Mason were engaged in a back and forth tussle throughout the competition, however the Cardinals outdueled them in six baker games to take the top spot.

After the first three games, Colerain was in third place and was down 57 pins to the first place Comets heading into six baker games. Following the first three baker games, the Cardinals moved up to second place and defeated Mason 531-435 in the final three baker games.

Junior Jenna Coldiron, who finished 14th individually, said she has won sectionals twice while at Colerain and the feeling, is still satisfying. Coldiron lead the GMC with a 205.8 average this season.

“It’s a great opportunity to come in first again as I did on my freshman year and it’s the same great feeling,” Coldiron said.

Potzner said she is not only excited to move to districts, but also very proud of her team for the way they fought to win.

“That’s a huge thing, it’s great to just be moving on but to win the sectional is really cool,” Potzner said. “We would love to even take it a step further and go to state, we’ve never been able to do that but with this group of girls I think it’s possible.”


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