By Ho Hoffman
WADSWORTH — There is a new king and queen in Medina County high school bowling.
Wadsworth’s Andy Auffenberg and Lexie Shirley took over the crowns by not only rolling the top series for this season, but also the best in two years.
Auffenberg did it with a 508 (256-252) against Brunswick, while Shirley fired a 467 (223-244) in a match with Tallmadge.
Auffenberg , who entered last week’s match with Brunswick with a 164 average, came out of it with a 180 average. Despite Auffenberg’s heroics, the Grizzlies (4-3. 4-2) dropped a pair of matches last week.
Buckeye’s Cory Schultz had set the standard last year with a 495. Auffenberg’s previous high school best had been a 464 last year.
Shirley’s gem, which set a school record, surpassed Brunswick’s Kaitie Bator, who had not only held this year’s previous high series with a 454 but also had the top one last year with a 457. Over the past six games, Shirley has raised he average 12 pins to 178.
Aided by Shirley’s hot bowling, Wadsworth (3-5, 3-3) set a team single-game record of 813 on the way to a win over Tallmadge.
The girls (1-8) and boys (1-8) are still looking for that second win, but if they don’t get it, it won’t be due to lack of effort.
Four Black River girls came up with season highs last week. Gabrielle Doering had a two-year, career-high 171 game, while Emily Mosher set a season high and fell one pin short of a career high with a 177. Kylee Bartlebaugh, who bowls with the boys team, had a season-high 152 game. Renisa Mauina had her top series (266) and games (132-134), pushing her average to 102.
• Bryan Hufenbach has now rolled six consecutive over-average games, the latest two a 161 and 153 to raise his average to 144.
Lost in the exploits of the high-scoring duo of Bator (195) and Amber Galloway (176) has been the emergence of Sarah Wissinger. Wissinger ended last season with a 134 average and a high game and series of 167 and 309, respectively. After going through a string of seven games in which she averaged 131, Wissinger has rebounded over the last six games. She has exploded for a 168 average, aided by a trio of 180-plus games and a career-high 369 series. Her overall average is now 155.
• Brett Lahman was the hot bowler last week for the boys, rolling five straight 200 games before disaster struck with a 126. Still he averaged 199.5 in the steak, which is also his current average.
Both the boys (7-3) and girls (7-3) took big hits last week in their hopes to win the North Shore Bowling Conference. The boys are one game behind five other teams, while the girls are three games behind undefeated Lorain.
• Ryan Brooks (186) and Brandon Butcher (169) have raised their averages a combined 22 pins. Brooks recently had an all-spare 188 game.
• Zak Diaz (189) had the team’s biggest showing last week with 474 series (221-253).
• Kat Oglesbee popped a career-high game and series last week against Lorain with a 294 (164-130). It moved her average up to 122. Victoria Amburgey continues to lead Buckeye with a 170 average.
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