Darby Bowling takes down the reigning champs

Darby’s bowling team lost to Pickerington North by 158 pins last Friday. Darby’s top performer was Sophomore Josh Larsen with 192 pins. However, the top performer of the day was William Hrivnak with 258 pins. The tough loss to Pickerington North evened out Darby’s record to 4-4.

  Junior Jaylen Clisby shared his thoughts about the match and the level Pickerington played on.

  “We all knew going into the match that it wasn’t going to be easy. Pickerington is a very talented team and we knew we’d have to pick up our spares to win. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the job done,” said Clisby.

  Luckily, the bowling team had a chance to redeem themselves after the disappointing loss. On Saturday and Sunday, they competed in a tournament as the seventh seed going against first seed Westerville Central. Westerville Central are reigning state champs and have not lost their touch. The top scorer was Derek Violette with 258, but it was not enough to beat the consistency of Darby’s bowling. Darby went on to win by less than 20 pins.

  Clisby explained how the team felt after their big win.

  “It was an unreal experience, we doubted ourselves in the beginning because they were state champs. It was a nail-biter the whole way but thankfully we were able to pull away and get the win,” shared Clisby.

  The win was huge for them, mentally they know they can compete with the best in the state. Darby’s bowling team is looking to build on the huge win on February 3rd and 10th at two tournaments.

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