In perhaps the most competitive high school bowling league in Ohio, there was plenty of work for the Nordonia bowling teams to do Feb. 11 at the Suburban League Postseason Tournament.
After tight regular season, Nordonia's boys claimed the Suburban League title by winning the tournament with 4,213 pins. The Knights had to earn it, as Stow-Munroe Falls finished second with 4,084 pins and Wadsworth was third with 4,045.
Meanwhile in the girls competition, Nordonia finished fifth with a total 3,195 pins. Stow won the girls team title with 3,658 pins, while copley was second with 3,489.
Consistency allowed the Knight boys to win, as the league tournament format was three full games followed by five Baker games.
Wadsworth actually led the boys tournament over the Knights through game one (1,072-1038) and game two (2,218-2,066).
However, Nordonia rolled its best game in game three. A score of 1,136 pins combined with Wadsworth rolling a 910 had the Knights' leading with 3,202 pins heading into the Baker games. Wadsworth was second with 3,128 heading into the Bakers, while Stow sat third with 3,111.
Nordonia left nothing to chance in the Baker games. The Knights finished with 1,011 pins in the Bakers and were the only team to average better than 200 pins per game.
Individually, senior Alex Cunningham was Nordonia's top performer, taking second in the individual race with 701 series. He finished just 12 pins behind individual champion Austin Wrobel of Wadworth.
Cunningham rolled games of 215, 218 and 268 -- the last of which tied Wrobel for high game of the tournament.
Nordonia also had Connor Novak take sixth (659 --223, 213, 223) and Nolan Postolka take 10th (636 -- 184, 215, 237) in the individual race.
The Knights also got a 625 (202, 188, 235) from Preston Keglovich and a 581 from Phil Toth (214, 194, 173) in the individual race.
Meanwhile, the Knight girls were fairly consistent, rolling games of 768, 790 and 844 during the regular games, but were never abel to catch the leaders.
Nordonia then rolled a 793 during the Baker games, which was fourth best among the teams.
Nordonia's top female bowler was Hannah Luketic, who was the only Knight to break 500 on her series. She rolled a 503 series wit ha games of 183, 157 and 163.
Kenzie Pitts (497 -- 178, 140, 179) and Samantha Lewis (496 -- 136, 196, 164) just missed breaking 500 for the Knights, while Morgan Rittenberger rolled a 474 (148, 156, 170) and Kara Freyluf rolled a 432 (123, 141, 168) for the Knights.
Nordonia will open the postseason at the Division I sectional tournament at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville. The girls tournament starts at 9 a.m. with the boys starting at 2 p.m.