Oak Hills, McAuley favorites heading into Cincinnati bowling sectionals

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Cincinnati Bowling Sectionals

The start of the bowling postseason begins this week as the sport
starts its second sectional tournament as a sanctioned sport in the
Ohio High School Athletic Association. In the Southwest District, the sectional tournaments are Saturday afternoon at locations around the Cincinnati area. Oak Hills' boys and McAuley's girls look to be the teams to beat in the Queen City.


The start of the bowling postseason begins this week as the sport starts its second sectional tournament as a sanctioned sport in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

In the Southwest District, the sectional tournaments are Saturday afternoon at locations around the Cincinnati area.

For the boys' tournament, there are expected to be about 46 schools competing. Oak Hills, ranked No. 1 in the Cincinnati Enquirer coaches' poll, will be among the nine schools at Harrison Bowl.

Hamilton and Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked Nos. 2 and 3 respectively, are among the 14 schools at Colerain Bowl.

Oak Hills is led by senior Bill Lipps, who was listed Feb. 8 as having the top average of 225.8 in the Cincinnati area. Lipps had a high game of 279 this season. His series high was 535.

Oak Hills (11-0, 9-0) won the Greater Miami Conference this season.

Hamilton, which shared the GMC title with Oak Hills in the 2006-07 season, finished 12-3 overall and 8-1 in the league.

Hamilton is led by Jimmy Ryan and Nick Wilson, who are fourth and fifth by scoring average in the GMC respectively. Ryan averages 213.6, while Wilson averages 209.9. Wilson also had a 300 game earlier in the season.

“I definitely think we can make it to state,” Wilson recently told the Hamilton Journal-News. “That's our goal.”

St. Xavier is led in scoring average by sophomore Chris Weber with a 205.7. Weber has also had a 503 series high and a high game of 278.

The Bombers (13-5, 5-1) clinched the Greater Catholic League South division title.
“We want to get ready for the playoffs and be on a roll going into the playoffs so the starters are back in the lineups now,” St. X coach Alan Runkel told the school Web site last week.

For the girls, about 48 schools are expected to compete.

McAuley is the top-ranked team heading into the sectional tournament. McAuley, which was fifth at state last season, is led in scoring average by senior Nicole Oehler with a 194.

McAuley, which has a 20-1 overall record, captured the Girls' Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division tournament and regular-season titles.

McAuley two matches last week, including a win over Mother of Mercy on Wednesday and against Wilmington in a tri-meet Tuesday.

“The girls really bowled well,” McAuley coach Kim DeLaet told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week.

Seton is ranked second and Oak Hills is third respectively.

The Saints are led in scoring average by sophomore Nicole Kettler, who has a 183.3.

Chelsey Shelton leads the GMC as she has a 175.1 average for Oak Hills.

The district competition is next weekend for area teams.

For the Southwest District, the boys' district tournament wil be Feb. 22 at Eastern Lanes in Middletown. The girls' district tournament is Feb. 23 at the same location.

The state finals are at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster with the boys' tournament Feb. 29 and the girls' tournament March 1.

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