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.”
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).