Galion Boys Bowling Competes in the D-II State Tournament
In just their 4th year of competing in bowling as a varsity sport rather than a club, the Galion boys bowling team made their first ever trip to the Division II State Bowling Tournament held at Wayne Webb’s in Columbus.
The D-II State Tournament showcased the top 16 teams, but only the top 8 could advance into the finals—Galion came in 8th
In the first round of the finals, Galion knocked off Peninsula Woodbridge, the number 1 team in the state, in 4 games—they play until one of the teams has 3 wins. Galion then moved on to the final four, where they lost to Coldwater in 5 games, with the last game being decided by 8 pins. Galion ended up finishing in 4th place overall.
Boys bowling coach Brad Fairchild had nothing but praise for his team in their top 4 finish. “I feel great about their season—we’ve bowled our butts off all year. This is just an all-around great team and I hope we get to do it again next year. I feel for our seniors, but the other just bowled a little better than we did, and congrats to them.”
The members of the boys bowling team are Sean Clark, Alan Evans, Jason Guthridge, Trent Hutson, Nathan Najera, AJ Randolph, Austin Rinehart, Brady Dalenburg, and Dravin Morgan.
“It feels absolutely amazing to have made it to the final four in my last year, especially to be the first Galion team to make it this far and be in this building—I thought that was amazing. I never really thought I would make it this far because I never really had the greatest or biggest bowling alley to grow up in—I always just came to the local bowling alley, bowled what I could, and here I am in the championship’s final 4. From the beginning of the season, to way back freshman year, I never expected to walk into this building or let alone even know the name of it,” Senior Alan Evans said.
“Making it to final 4 is just awesome, this team has come so far from the beginning of the year, and it’s just a true accomplishment making the top 4,” junior Jason Guthridge said. “This is my first year on the bowling team, and we want to come back next year and hopefully win it all.”
Prior to heading to state, the boys got to participate in the “walk of fame” in the halls of the high school, and then they received a police escort to city limits before they made their way to Columbus.