HALL OF FAME
Highlanders Make History with 1st District Title
February 24, 2013Oak Hills High School
by Tom Ramstatter, Cincinnati Enquirer
Highlander Make History with 1st District Title
BEAVERCREEK, OHIO — First-year head coach Kurt Francisco had a feeling his Oak Hills boys’ bowling team had a chance to win the Southwest District and state championships at the start of the season, and the Highlanders are halfway to making that feeling a reality.
Oak Hills rolled a total of 4,328 pins Saturday at Beaver-Vu Bowl and held off second-place Beavercreek for the school’s first district bowling title and berth at the state tournament since 2004.
“We have a real good chance of winning state,” Francisco said. “Optimism is there. We stay with our heads on our shoulders, we’re not going to be beaten. It’s just not going to happen.”
Beavercreek totaled 4,276 pins and will join Oak Hills next week at state, along with third-place Kettering Fairmont (4,207) and fourth-place Troy (4,181).
The boys’ state tournament will be played March 2 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
St. Xavier was the only other local team in the top 10 with a 10th-place total of 3,982, and the Bombers’ Joey Francis was the only local bowler to qualify for state as an individual after rolling a three-game total of 668 in the team-game portion of the tournament.
Oak Hills built a 60-pin lead over Beavercreek through three team games, but the advantage was down to only seven pins after the first five baker games with one to go.
The Highlanders managed a 188 in the final game and Beavercreek could only muster a 143 after a 211 in Game 5.
“We were just focusing on being here as a team,” sophomore Dillon Meece said. “We’re not going to concentrate on them. We’re going to concentrate on us. It’s a big win. That’s our goal.”
Meece (687) and junior Kyle Helmes (706) joined Francis on the All-District Tournament team.