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Fairport girls bowlers capture Division II state championship
By Chris Lillstrung, The News-Herald
POSTED: 03/03/18, 7:12 PM EST
Some special hardware is coming back to The Port.
The Fairport girls bowling team captured the Division II state championship March 3 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
It marks the first state team title in any sport for the Skippers since boys track and field repeated as Class A state champions in 1964 and 1965.
On a jubilant ride back, Fairport bowlers and Coach Jerry Rich basked in a milestone moment for the program and community.
“I know that we do actually have a police escort set up for us when we come back,” Skippers senior Bella Coll said March 3 as the team returned home on Interstate 71. “And I think it’s just really special and important because our bowling program has been so successful in past years — to finally actually come through and win, it’s just huge.
“And I know the community has been super supportive, especially this year with our program and all of the success that we’ve had. I know the families, we’ve all just gotten so close in the past four years that this just really feels like a family thing more than anything at this point.”
Fairport was sixth out of the qualifying round with a total score of 3,020, then defeated St. Mary’s Memorial and Bryan to advance to the state final against top seed Coldwater.
Fairport girls bowling team wins D-II district title
By Mark Podolski, The News-Herald
POSTED: 02/24/18, 9:12 PM EST
The Fairport girls bowling team is headed to the state tournament as a Division II district champion for the first time in school history.
The Skippers did so Feb. 24 without placing a bowler on the all-tournament team. Balance paved the way to a dominant performance at the Wedgewood Lanes District.
Fairport trailed Hubbard by 20 points after the first three games, but pulled away from the field in the Baker games. The Skippers outscored Hubbard, 423 to 306, in the first two games.
Fairport’s winning total was 3,661, with Hubbard second with 3,543.
“(Winning the district) is special,” said Fairport coach Jerry Rich. “We have six girls, and five are seniors. Our program is wrapped around these girls, and they bowled well. They executed well, and threw good shots.”
Bella Coll was Fairport’s top scorer with a three-game total of 548, including a 211 game. Lindsey Benko was 25th (493), and Sierra Sadler 27th (489).
“We were as balanced as you can get,” said Rich, who said his team should be considered a contender at next week’s state tournament in Columbus. “We probably won’t be the best team (at state). But if you’re there, you have a shot.”
Wickliffe‘s Susannah Tippen was an individual district qualifier. She was 28th with a score of 484.NDCL placed 14th as a team.
On the boys side, Fairport (3,581) was seventh and did not qualify. Wickliffe was 12th.
The area’s top finishers were Wickliffe’s Will Morris (12th, 578), and Fairport’s Mike Rentz (21st, 558) and Michael Chipps (25th, 536).
It doesn’t take long to drive through Fairport Harbor.
“Oh, about a 1-mile square radius,” said Jerry Rich, co-owner of Rich Lanes.
If you blink, you might miss a treasure and mainstay of the tiny village near to the shores of Lake Erie.
Rich Lanes has been in existence for more than 60 years. Brothers Jerry and Brian Rich co-own the bowling alley.
Their grandfather Tony built it in 1955, then sold it to their father Jerry Sr., who ran the Lanes for 32 years. Brian and Jerry have owned it going on 12 years.
Community pride and tradition has built Rich Lanes into an institution in Fairport Harbor.