The Struthers High School Bowling teams travelled to the Columbus Square Bowling Palace in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, November 23, to start their 2019 season by competing in the 16th Ohio High School Invitational Kickoff Tournament. Thirty-two Boys team and 28 Girls teams faced off in what is billed as the “best versus the best”, the “largest 1 day all-varsity high school tournament in the nation”.
For the LadyCats, they rolled team games of 746, 816, and 730 to find themselves in 14th place (16th or better is needed to advance to the championship round). Game 1 featured a high game by Kiara Bankhead (187). In Game 2, 2 200 games were rolled. Madison Stanton rolled a 223, and Hannah Hoffman added a 206. And in Game 3, Stanton duplicated her game 2 effort with another 223. With Baker games of 172 & 164, the LadyCats held their 14th position to advance to the championship round. In the first round, they would face the Lady Arrows of Ashland. With games of 129(w), 167(L), 171(W) , & 123(W), they beat Ashland 3-1, to advance to the quarterfinals versus the Lady Bulldogs of Celina. In the quarters, The LadyCats rolled 148, 157, and 160, to sweep the Lady Bulldogs 3-0, to land in the Semifinals. There they would face the eventual tournament winner, Hillsboro Lady Indians. The LadyCats tallied games of 145(L), 145(L), 136(W), and 144(L), while bowing out in a 3-1 loss, to finish 4th overall.
Madison Stanton led the LadyCat effort with a 575 (129, 233, 233) set, which notched her a 4th place overall amongst all lady bowlers and an All-Tournament Team Medal. Hannah Hoffman pitched a 485 (159, 206, 120), and Kiara Bankhead added a 464 (187, 156, 121). Other games rolled included: Brandy Sue Wilson (143, 150), and Hailey DeGenaro (128, 125). The tournament team that travelled to Columbus also included Arlene Groves and Mary Williams.