District championship bowling isn't a cakewalk in Northeast Ohio as the top high school teams and individuals vie for a state berth out of the rugged district at Crest Lanes in Warren.
Twinsburg's talented girls team was shut out in the Feb. 23 District Championships.
The top five teams from the Warren District qualified for the seventh annual State Championships on March 1 in Columbus at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
The top five individuals not on qualifying teams also made the cut.
Coached by Ron Fruscella, the Lady Tigers placed 11th out of 17 teams at Crest Lanes.
Akron Springfield, led by Chelsea Crichfield's 240 game and 567 series, took the fifth and final qualifying team spot. Twinsburg was at 3,374 as Springfield finished at 3,611.
Austintown Fitch won (4,020), followed by qualifiers Massillon Jackson (3,769), Hubbard (3,729) and Massillon Perry (3,613).
Senior Halle Ponter paced Twinsburg with a series of 547.
Ponter and teammate Emily Sheets (525) just missed the individual cut for states. Garrettsville Garfield's duo of Olivia Doraski and Anna Brigham garnered the final two individual state berths with rounds of 576 and 568, respectively.
The district was so strong and deep that returning state runner-up Hubbard placed third and was beaten by 291.
Sheets scored a 525 for Twinsburg with scores of 198, 145, and 182. The 198 was a team high for the Lady Tigers in districts.
Showing solid consistency, Ponter had games of 178, 185 and 184. However, it wasn't enough.
Jamie Schmitt rolled a 489 series for the Tigers with games of 166, 143, and 180.
Amy Thompson posted scores of 143 and 169 in the first two games, respectively. Marisa DiPenti recorded an impressive third game of 178 while Paige Murrock bowled a 142 in game one.
Other Lady Tigers on the district-qualifying team were Kahlie Paoletti and Kelsea Slaby.
Fruscella's troops did capture the school's first-ever sectional team championship this winter.