On Sunday, January 5th, the Hamilton Big Blue boys bowling team competed in the Back to School Bash at Game of Fairfleld. The boys were led by junior Michael Middleton with a high game of 201, while sophomore Tommy Brosius bowled a 340 series, followed by sophomore Ryan Rouse with 336, & senior Alex Deaton’s 326. Hamilton finished the day during a tough head to head match in the elimination round and finished 19th out of 28 teams.
It was a quick return to the lanes for Hamilton, as the team traveled to S&S Western Bowl to take on the Elder Panthers on Monday, January 6th. The Big Blue rolled their best total this season but fell short to Elder 2718 – 2665. Junior Michael Middleton rolled a 167 his first game before throwing his high career game of 267 for a 434 series. Sophomore Ryan Rouse added a nice set of 185 & 220 with fellow sophomore Tommy Brosius added a nice 356 series. Going into the baker games, Hamilton trailed by 171 pins, but the Hamilton boys never gave up and bowled their highest baker games of this season with games of 247, 213, 196, & 203 for a 859 total. End the end Hamilton made up 108 pins and finished 53 pins behind Elder.
After some time off, the team got back in to action on Saturday, January 11th in the Lancer Baker Bash at Northwest Lanes. The tournament consisted of 24 teams bowling 16 Baker Games while moving lanes after every four games in the qualification round, before seeding with the top 16 teams advancing to the elimination round. The elimination round consisted of head to head matches with the winner of 2 baker games advancing. During the qualification round of the tournament The Big Blue boys rolled a total pin fall of 3044 for a 190.25 average, about seven pins better than their season average. Hamilton qualified 11th and faced the Colerain Cardinals who qualified 6th for the first elimination match. Hamilton and Colerain tied the first game at 160 which required a 9th & 10th frame roll off to determine the winner of game one. During the roll off sophomore Ryan Rouse got the best of Colerain’s bowler & earned the win of game one for the Big Blue. Hamilton then won game two 193 – 160 to advanced to the next match against Ross. Ross defeated Hamilton in game one 191-185, but Hamilton won the next two games 202-166, & 209-141 to advance to the semi-final match against the #2 seed Elder Panthers. Hamilton rolled well during the semi-final games but lost 226-170 and 233-186. This was a long day of competition and each member, Alex Deaton, Kellan Hampton, Michael Middleton, Ryan Rouse, Tommy Brosius, & Haiden Renner made significant contributions during the tournament to earn the 4th place finish.