By David Fong
COLUMBUS — Troy High School is officially a bowling powerhouse.
Just one year after winning a Division I state bowling title, the Troy girls bowling team followed that up with a second-place finish at the 2017 state bowling tournament Friday in Columbus at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The Troy girls also finished second in 2009, while the Troy boys bowling team captured a state title in 2011.
The Trojans bowled a 3,276 in the qualifying round, earning the third seed in the head-to-head tournament. The top eight out of 16 teams in the qualifying round advanced to tournament play.
In the qualifying round, A’leigha Smith led the Trojans with a 604 series, rolling 163-247-194, good enough for eighth overall. Jenna Stone was ninth with 204-214-182—600. Jennica Funderburg was 19th overall with a 171-205-187—563 and Kirsten McMullen bowled 182-160-152—494. Also for the Trojans, Alyssa Shilt finished with a single-game score of 159, while Cassidy McMullen bowled a 150.
Once in the eight-team tournament, the Trojans opened against sixth-seeded Gahanna Lincoln. The Trojans won the best-of-five match by a final tally of 4-1, bowling 193-125-194-191, while Gahanna Lincoln bowled 139-214-180-173. That win put the Trojans in the semifinals.
In the semifinals, the Trojans squared off against Columbus Briggs, the No. 2 seed in the tournament. That contest went to a deciding fifth game, with the Trojans winning the final game 198-169 for the 3-2 overall victory. The Trojans were down 2-1 at one point, but battled back to win the final two games and the match. Troy bowled a 194-169-119-171-198, while Briggs bowled a 180-208-222-129-169.
In the championshp match, Troy faced off against Stow Monroe-Falls, which defeated the Trojans 3-0. Stow Monroe-Falls bowled a 224-211-212, while Troy finished with a 216-182-179.
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