Pirates bring home first state title


The Riverside boys bowling team made school history Saturday in Columbus winning the school’s first state title.

The Pirates endured a long day on the bowling lanes to emerge as the Division II state champ knocking off Coldwater in the final game.

The day started with 16 teams in the morning with the qualifying round.  Each team would bowl three individual games + 3 baker games.  The top 8 eight teams with a total combined score after the six game would advance to the finals.  The Pirates qualified 7th.

The eight qualifying teams were then put into an eight-team single elimination tournament bracket.

The #7 Pirates would open with #2 Liberty Center.  The first team to win 3 baker games advances in the tournament.

The Pirates came out firing and rolled three straight games over 200 to knock out Liberty Center.

Next up was #6 Lutheran West who upset #3 Graham.  Riverside dropped the first game, but quickly rebounded with three consecutive wins to advance to the final match.

Waiting for Riverside in the final was #1 Coldwater.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead smashing the Cavs 213-149 in game 1.  Coldwater edged the Pirates in game 2 170-168.  Riverside won a crucial game 3 219-214.  Riverside then locked up the title dominating Coldwater in game 4 208-161.

Riverside team members are Gage Stevenson, Tyler Knight, Andrew Knight, Sam King, and Zander Crouch.

The team is coached by Zerah Crouch and Jaime Yelton.

Congrats to Riverside!