NORTH OLMSTED — For North Ridgeville junior Dylan Mishak winning a Southwestern Conference championship was as easy as making his spares.
Mishak was the only bowler to roll above 200 in each game of his three-game series at Buckeye Lanes on Sunday to cruise to his first SWC title.
Mishak bowled games of 202, 201 and 204. The SWC uses a formula that takes 40 percent of the pin total from the league preview in December and 60 percent of the total from Sunday to award the conference championship.
Mishak’s final score of 641.8 was nearly 70 pins better than second-place finisher Jacob Rosenberger (Berea-Midpark), who had a 574.2.
“It was all about shot consistency and making adjustments everywhere and making a lot of spares,” Mishak said. “I didn’t throw all of my shots as good as I wish I would have but I made almost every spare.”
After rolling games of 241 and 256 in the SWC preview, Mishak entered Sunday with a lead so large he didn’t have do much more than show up to win the title. However, he remained focused on the task at hand and put up the best series of day (607).
“Today was really good for me. It was big confidence boost coming into sectionals next week,” Mishak said. “There’s a lot of good competition today. I just did what I could and tried to do my best. I want to work on a few other spots on the lane to play so I can make adjustments faster and keep making my spares and I’ll be ready for sectionals.”
Westlake senior Peyton Hedges entered Sunday in second place but rolled a tournament-high game of 215 and a 520 series to propel her to victory over Amherst freshman Makayla Velasquez. Hedges finished 10 pins ahead of Velasquez, 517.6 - 507.6.
Velasquez, who rolled a 288 in a North Shore Bowling Conference game earlier this season, had Sunday’s top series (542). She came into Sunday in eighth place after the preview.
“I started off pretty slow but then I picked it up and started getting strikes,” Velasquez said. “I stayed with same ball all day but I made an adjustment and moved over two boards to the right and kept the same shot.
“Today there were girls who were struggling that usually do good and that motivated me because I knew that meant I got better. Most of the girls play the same line and the oil starts to move down. I prefer a dry lane so that helped me.”
North Ridgeville was the top local boys team, finishing fifth with a score of 3,284.4. The Amherst girls edged Midview 2,842-2,830.2 for fourth place on the girls side, accounting for the top finish for a Lorain County team.
Westlake won its first girls team championship with a score of 3,251.8, while Berea-Midpark (3,793.8) was also a first-time winner on the boys side.
The Middies got big performances from Alexis Qualls (469.6) and Savannah Wilson (440.4), with each finishing in the top 12. Wilson’s 464 series was an improvement of nearly 60 pins from the 405 she threw in the preview.
“I got a new ball and I’ve been practicing with it and I’m finally getting used to it,” Wilson said. “I knew I had the support of my team so that helped with my confidence. I used to be all scared when I was bowling. Now I’ve grown my confidence because I kinda know what I’m doing.”
Boys: 1. Berea-Midpark 3793.8, 2. Olmsted Falls 3649.6, 3. Westlake 3540.8, 4. North Olmsted 3309, 5. North Ridgeville 3284.4, 6. Avon Lake 3216, 7. Amherst 3084, 8. Midview 3011.2, 9. Avon 2622.8, 10. Lakewood 2140.4
Girls: 1. Westlake 3251.8, 2. Berea-Midpark 3173.2, 3. North Olmsted 2863, 4. Amherst 2842, 5. Midview 2830.2, 6. Avon Lake 2764.4, 7. Olmsted Falls 2712, 8. North Ridgeville 2108.2, Lakewood 1916.2
Boys: 1. Dylan Mishak, North Ridgeville 641.8; 2. Jacob Rosenberger, Berea-Midpark, 574.2; 3 Travis Green, Olmsted Falls, 567.8; 4. Nick Guzowski, Berea-Midpark, 564.2; 5. J.T. Jackson, Berea-Midpark, 561.8; 6. Kevin Mayle, Westlake, 550.4; 7. John Jonas, North Olmsted, 534.4; 8. Keegan Skoczen, Olmsted Falls, 534; 9. Gavin Fouts, Berea-Midpark, 529; 10. Christopher Burkhart, Olmsted Falls, 514.8.
Girls: 1. Peyton Hedges, Westlake, 517.6; 2. Makayla Velasquez, Amherst, 507.6; 3. Emma Diedrich, Berea-Midpark, 498; 4. Taylor Hedges, Westlake, 493; 5. Alexis Fahl, Berea-Midpark, 480-8; 6. Charlotte Button, Westlake, 478.2; 7. Hannah Groden, North Olmsted, 478; 8. Laney Fouts, Berea-Midpark, 475.6; 9. Alexis Qualls, Midview, 469.6; 10. Jordan Giraldo, North Olmsted, 448.4