HALL OF FAME
Highlanders win Holiday Classic
December 9, 2012Oak Hills High School
By Marc Hardin
Oak Hills senior Justin Lange fell one pin short of a perfect game Saturday at the annual Holiday Classic at Strikes and Spares Western Bowl with a score of 299, and the Highlanders needed every pin to win their fourth straight team championship.
Powered by a tournament-best 795 series from Lange, Oak Hills finished with a score of 4,214, good for a 37-pin margin over runner-up Middletown (4,177).
”It’s exciting to win the tournament again and have the best score,” said Lange, who has been part of every Holiday Classic championship since he was a freshman.
Lange got better as the day progressed, rolling scores of 227, 269 and 299. His series was 103 pins better than individual runner-up Chris Wilhelm (692) of Roger Bacon.
Tyler Clark (681) and Blake Huber (673) of fourth-place Glen Este and Dalton Detherage (673) of Hamilton joined Lange and Wilhelm on the all-tournament team.
Brandon Combs (596) was next for Oak Hills. ”We all cheered so hard for Justin when he got his 299 and we did a good job in the Baker games,” Combs said.
Coach Kurt Francisco kept alive Oak Hill’s winning tradition in his first season at the helm.
”There are so many ways to screw this up, but we got everything right, and the guys did great,” Francisco said.
Paced by a career-first perfect game from Peyton Scharett, Hendersonville trumped the locals and drove back to Kentucky with the girls’ team championship trophy, beating Mason (3,720) by 96 pins. Middletown (3,690) placed third.
Badin senior Hannah Morris led the girls’ all-tournament team with a 640 series.
Morris, a No. 1 Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League bowler three years running, rolled a 266 in game two.
”I think I was pretty consistent after the first game,” said Thomas, who rallied from a 157 start in the opener. She rolled a 217 the third game.
Fourth-place Mother of Mercy’s Rachel Horn (621) and fifth-place Fairfield’s Angela Hinkle (610) also turned in all-tournament performances.
Final boys’ team standings (top 10): 1. Oak Hills 4214, 2. Middletown 4177, 3. Franklin Central 4109, 4. Glen Este 4104, 5. St. Xavier 4073, 6. Taylor 4063, 7. Roger Bacon 4029, 8. Loveland 4025, 9. LaSalle 4019, 10. Fairfield 3975.
Final girls’ team standings (top 10): 1. Hendersonville (Ky.) 3816, 2. Mason 3720, 3. Middletown 3690, 4. Mother of Mercy 3668, 5. Fairfield 3610, 6. Louisville Mercy 3524, 7. Glen Este 3498, 8. Badin 3459, 9. McAuley 3428, 10. Northwest 3401.