Both Triway bowling teams roll into district tournament

Both Triway bowling teams roll into district tournament
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Despite losing seven of its 11 bowlers from last season, the Triway girls bowling team has compiled a 12-3 record. The team includes Morgan Covey, front left, Raya Fiesler, Dana Armstrong, Kennedy Finley, Abbigail Taylor, Alexanderia Wallace; back row, coach Corby Anderson, Addy Meshew, Emma Yoder and coach Chantel Meshew.

                        

In the recent Div. II sectional, the Triway girls placed second as a team and the boys were fourth. Both advanced to the district, which is Feb. 23-24 in Lorain.

Girls

Losing over half of its lineup to graduation, Triway’s girls bowling team knew it needed to grow up fast this winter.

Thanks to a pair of veteran leaders, along with a winning tradition that has made the Titans a state power over the past decade, the team has made those strides and find themselves with the goal of another lengthy postseason run.

“That definitely left some holes in our lineup,” said Triway girls coach Corby Anderson, whose program is looking for its fourth straight trip to state. “The challenge has been growing these nonbowling minds into bowling minds. We have made small strides over the last few months.

“Making a return state trip is in the back of our minds, but we need to concentrate on one step at a time.”

After losing seven of their 11 bowlers from last season’s squad — including two three-year starters — the Titans found themselves looking for girls to step up.

With the leadership of talented All-Ohioans Emma Yoder and Addy Meshew, they found newcomers like Kennedy Finley and Raya Fiesler to fill out the top of the lineup and help Triway to a 12-3 record heading into the final week of the regular season, as well as a host of top-three tournament finishes.

Yoder, a Jacksonville State recruit, leads the team in overall average (215.6) and has the top game (279) and series (538) for the season. Combine that with Meshew, a Wright State signee who has responded to her Division II individual state runner-up finish a year ago with an average over 200 pins (204.57) per game, and the Titans haven’t lost a beat.

“It’s been so much fun watching these two girls grow,” Anderson said. “Both of their mental games are far beyond the normal high school bowler, and then their physical games are even further along than that. Most of the teams we bowl against don’t have the luxury of having a bowler this good, and we have two of them.”

Boys

Triway’s boys team had a similar situation entering the season as just three returning players had varsity experience.

However, the Titans newcomers have not only complemented those veterans, but also created a balanced lineup that has the team on a roll this season with 12 dual-meet victories and three tournament titles.

A pair of those returning starters — Aeron Meshew and Owen Fiesler — have been a steady force atop the roster as they averaged 224.27 and 210.57, respectively. Meshew has recorded the top game (289) and series (556) for the team this winter.

They have been far from alone, however, as Jacob Yoder has had a breakout season with a 205.7 average — including a high game of 278 and series of 531 — while teammates Max Fiesler, Jonathon Eikleberry, Zach George and Davin Merckle all have averages of 178 or better for the year.

“That mix of newness and then solid leaders makes for good chemistry if all the kids buy into it, which, for the most part, the players have,” Triway coach Vince Yoder said. “We still show signs of a team that can struggle at any given time, but you can also see the potential.”

But it starts with the consistency from Meshew and Owen Fiesler, who each had impressive state tournaments last season — ending in Meshew placing 17th overall and Fiesler taking 26th for a Titans team that has made back-to-back trips as a team.

“It’s their experience,” coach Yoder said of the tandem. “Basically from when they were freshman, Owen became the leadoff bowler and Aeron became the anchor.

“You need that spark to get things going, especially in the Baker portion of matches and tournaments. That is Owen. He gets them fired up and firing on all cylinders. Then you have that solid, confident guy you rely on to throw clutch shots when it comes down to the wire. That is Aeron. He knows what we need and more often than not comes through for us.”


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