Sunday, December 10, 2000

High school insider

Prep bowling rolling toward recognition from OHSAA

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A three-year plan is in place and if implemented, girls and boys bowling will be sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

        Schools in the Columbus and Cleveland areas began participating in the sport last year and interest has spread, leading to the formation of an Ohio High School Bowling Association.

        “Today, there are 125 boys and 125 girls teams in Ohio,” Cincinnati commissioner Joe MacFarland said.

        The Cincinnati Bowling Proprietors Association has been heavily involved in the formation of the Cincinnati High School Bowling Confer ence, picking up the expense. In addition to team shirts with school colors, the proprietors also donate lanes two days a week for practice and two days for matches.

        Members of the state bowling association already have met with the OHSAA to obtain the criteria needed to gain recognition and membership. The first step by the local group was to contact the athletic directors from every Greater Cincinnati school.

        Schools that make up the West league are Elder, Seton, Oak Hills, Fairfield, Colerain, LaSalle, McAuley, Moeller, Mount Notre Dame and Purcell Marian. Teams from Anderson, Turpin, Glen Este, Amelia, Norwood, Loveland, Goshen and Indian Hill are in the East.

        “We already have a waiting list for next season,” MacFarland said. “Statewide, we'll be well over 150 teams, which is one of the requirements set by the OHSAA.”

        If all requirements are met, the OHSAA will sponsor a tournament.

        Matches are scored using a form of the Peterson System. Four bowlers make up a team and each is paired against a bowler from the opposing team. Each rolls three games in a match, with a total of 27 points at stake.

        One point is awarded to the winning bowler in each of the head-to-head games and three points are given toward the total score of the individual match. Another three points are awarded for the combined team score.

        “Several schools turned us down and the parents are now going nuts that the ADs didn't sign up,” MacFarland said. “It's hard to tell how big the sport will be next season.”

        A regional tournament will be held in Cincinnati Feb. 16-18, with the top two teams advancing to a state tournament, which will be held in Columbus on March 6.

        Based on early results, Glen Este appears to have the edge in the boys competition — Cade Rich, Brian Anderson and Andy Kuhn are averaging 200 or better.

        “We had 26 try out for the team,” Glen Este coach Mark Jones said.

        BASKETBALL POLLS: Although basketball statistics will not be taken until Jan.7, The Enquirer will begin publishing weekly polls this week.

        Coaches are asked to submit top 10 votes (Division I and Division II-III-IV) today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 768-8447, fax to 768-8550 or e-mail to

        COACHES RETIRE: Phil Sinkovich and Dan Bartholomew, two of the area's most respected tennis coaches, have retired.

        In his 14 years with the Anderson girls, Sinkovich's teams had a 191-61 record. Brooke Hart (1995) and the doubles team of Hart and Aimee Hathaway (1993) won state titles.

        Bartholomew coached the Anderson boys for 10 years and compiled a 155-19 record.

        Darin Hausberger will take over the boys team but no replacement has been hired for the girls.

        WEBCASTS: Princeton will feature live Webcasts of its home girls and boys basketball games on the Web site. Fairfield boys games also are included on the site.

        Under participating teams, select high school, then Ohio High School Athletic Association.

        Game statistics and scores are updated every 50 seconds.


Sports Stories
Olympics here a longshot
A look at the competition for the U.S. bid
Bond Hill uncertain about hosting Olympic Village
PULFER: Taxpayers want the truth
Miami 73, Notre Dame 64
Small college basketball roundup
Channel 9 launches weekly hoops show
Stuff victorious in opener
Boiman takes rocky road with Notre Dame
Five Questions with Rocky Boiman
- High school insider
Cincinnati boys basketball games
Cincinnati girls basketball games
N.Ky. boys basketball games
N.Ky. girls basketball games
Boys basketball schedule
Girls basketball schedule
Indiana boys basketball scores
Indiana girls basketball scores
Kentucky boys basketball scores
Kentucky girls basketball scores
Ohio boys basketball scores
Ohio girls basketball scores
Cincinnati high school results
Cyclones 7, Cleveland 4
Miami signs top golf prospects
Two NKU players named soccer All-Americans

Bengals hope to emulate Titans
Titans win while Bengals build
Titans mission? Stop Dillon
Who's got the edge?
By the numbers
Players to watch
DAUGHERTY: Reds can't compete anymore
Reds may offer SS for P
Reds move Espinoza to 2B
Baseball meeting roundup
Bigger strike zone hot topic
Princeton 58, Xavier 52
Frey's fortunes tied to Muskies'
Crosstown Shootout preview
Crosstown Shootout week schedule
SULLIVAN: UC football still tough sell
Monday will show what Bearcats learned
Crosstown Shootout preview
Crosstown Shootout week schedule