Borah, Clark post top four finishes in regional

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 LOUISVILLE – The ending wasn’t exactly what Jared Borah was looking for, but the whole package worked out just fine last Thursday as the Bullitt Central sophomore finished third at the Region 3 Boys’ Bowling Tournament, qualifying for this Thursday’s Kentucky State Bowling Tournament in Lexington.

Borah will be joined by North Bullitt’s Logan Clark who finished fourth, earning the final qualifying spot in Lexington.

It was a strong day for Borah as he was among the top bowlers all day as he started out with a 268 and a 258. His three-game total was 722, making him third out of the eight bowlers who advanced to the semi-finals.

After two more games, at 217 and 182, Borah was second and in the four-man stepladder finals, finishing 21 pins behind Alex Wiehebrink of Pleasure Ridge Park.

Clark, got off a little slower start, posting a 633 series to qualify only seventh out of eight bowlers in the semi-finals. Clark then picked it up, bowling 211 and 241 to qualify fourth at 1085, just six pins behind Butler’s Matthew Leslie.

Unfortunately, for both Borah and Clark, it was Leslie who carried the hot-hand in to the stepladder portion of the finals. Leslie defeated Clark in the first game and then got past a tiring Borah in the next match. Leslie’s winning streak ended with the loss to Wiehebrink in the final.

Borah had already qualified for the Kentucky State Tournament a week earlier when his Cougar team won the Region 3 title at Fern Valley Strike and Spare. The individual competition was supposed to be five days later, but inclement weather pushed the individual final back a week after the team competition.

“I guess what really stands out was the singles,” Borah said a few days later. “I bowled better that day. I had the 700 series and then I struggled some late.”

Borah got to the semi-finals a year ago, but could only finish sixth and did not reach the stepladder portion of the finals.

Borah and Clark will now compete on Thursday at the Kentucky State Bowling Tournament at Collins Eastside Lanes in Lexington.

Boys Individuals

Each team in the Region 3 event could enter as many as four players for the individual portion of the tournament. That put 44 players in the event.

Besides Borah finishing third, Bullitt Central’s Josh Puher was 12th (608) a spot in front of teammate Ridge May (606). The Cougars’ Matt Seay was 18th (584).

After Clark, North Bullitt’s Johnathan Mohr was just one pin away from making the semi-finals finishing tied for ninth at 621. The Eagles also had Jacob Judd in 19th (582) while Wesley Parker was 30th at 536.

Bullitt East’s top finisher was Alex Reese-Cook in 22nd (563) while Austin Sanford was 24th (558). The Chargers also had Austin Curtsinger in 39th (452 and Daniel Acosta in 42nd (400).

Lady Chargers Strong

The individual finals were a strong day for Bullitt East as both Kyra Banta and Shelby Etherton reached the semi-finals. Unfortunately, neither bowler could advance to the final four.

Banta had a 604 after the first three games and finished with a 965. Etherton advanced with a 547 and finished eighth with an 862.

Bullitt East also had Marissa Etherton finish 19th with a 469 and Savannah Smith was 26th with a 443.

Bullitt Central’s top bowler was Elizabeth Borah who was 23rd with a 460, one spot ahead of teammate Dallas Taylor at 450. The Lady Cougars also had Elizabeth McBride finish 30th with a 348 while Reagan Wilcher was 32nd with a 344.

North Bullitt got a strong 13th place finish from senior Courtney Donaldson at 519 while Ralene Slusher was 16th with a 494. The Lady Eagles also had Lacy Hadley finish with a 331 for 34th. North Bullitt’s Kayla Ranschaert was scheduled to compete but did not bowl that day.

Girls’ Team Action

There were only eight full teams in Region 3 on the girls’ side this season. In the qualifying, Bullitt Central was sixth with an 833 while Bullitt East was sixth at 799 and North Bullitt seventh at 732.

Bullitt East was the only one of the three local teams to win in the quarter-finals as the Lady Chargers knocked off third-seeded Jeffersontown. Bullitt East was then sent to the sideline by eventual runner-up Mercy in the semi-finals.

Bullitt Central lost to Fern Creek in the quarter-finals while North Bullitt lost to Mercy.