03-16-04 Hartings comments on Cavs’ state title
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03-16-04 Hartings comments on Cavs’ state title

By From staff reports

The Cavaliers dominated the field in the team competition, rolling a 4,102 series, easily out-pinning runner-up Hopewell-Loudon’s total of 3,685. Bowling Green was third followed by Delphos Jefferson and Elida. Coldwater’s fellow West Ohio High School Bowling Conference member Wapakoneta was sixth with 3,528.
   “After the first game we had a two-pin lead,” said coach Rick Hartings. “I knew we were going to hang in there because the (lane) conditions were a little tougher. Our guys thrive on that, they really don’t like it when the lanes are drier inside. The lanes were oily and we knew it would be tough.”
   After couple of close games, Hartings changed things up, something that’s tough to do during a tournament.
   “For the second game I left the first five in there even with a couple of guys not doing well,” said Hartings. “I put two seniors in, Aaron Boeckman and Jared Liette, who each bowled 200-plus in the third game. After that third game, we had a 200-pin lead.”
   In the second round, Hartings kept the five in from the third game of the opening series and continued to get high games. Hartings switched the two bowlers again in the final games when the win looked good.
   The Cavaliers used solid games from Jake Eilerman, who finished third in the individual standings with a 619 series, Kyle Bruns (597) and Kory Hoffhines (571).
   “Jake shot very consistent all day,” said Hartings. “Kyle was shooting awesome early but started to lose and hook a little. Other than that, he would have been runner-up easily but he fell off.”


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