Maumee Bowling Team Wins NLL Tournament

The Maumee High School bowling team earned a Northern Lakes League bowling championship at Bowling Green’s Al-Mar Lanes on February 3. This year’s team includes (from left) Sam Burton, Roby Fairchild, Keaton Beaverson, Alex Burton, Chris Becker, coach Marty Teifke, Sam Wolfe, Cole Imm and Joe Sniadecki. MIRROR PHOTO BY JOE NEGRICH


BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s bowling team made history on February 3 when the Panthers captured their first OHSAA-sanctioned Northern Lakes League bowling title by placing second at Bowling Green’s Al-Mar Lanes. Maumee had entered the conference tournament with a 9-1 record, which gave the team 18 points. The Panthers then combined for a three-game team total of 2,326 (819-788-719), placing them third behind Bowling Green’s 2,425 (818-820-787) and Napoleon’s 2,371 (875-666-830). Maumee won the five-game Baker series with 804 points (160-150-155-153-186), bettering BG (790), Perrysburg (749) and Anthony Wayne (749), Napoleon (691) and Springfield (643). When combined, the Panthers’ 15 tournament points allowed them to edge the Bobcats 33-30, with the Wildcats taking third at 26. The Yellow Jackets, Generals and Springfield rounded out the remaining places with 17, 14 and three points, respectively. Although Maumee won the league as far back as 1957, 1958, and 1960, bowling was not sanctioned as an OHSAA varsity sport until the 2006-07 season. Since then, the Panthers were runners-up as recently as 2009, 2010 and 2017. “Our seasons have gotten better every year,” said seventh-year Maumee coach Marty Teifke. “We’ve had more wins every year and this year we really clicked.” Teifke’s 2017-18 squad includes seniors Keaton Beaverson, Chris Becker, Alex Burton, Cole Imm and Joe Sniadecki. “(The seniors) are such a diverse group,” Teifke said. “They are all different, they all contributed and they all had good, high games. Four of five of them have been bowling together since they were 8 years old. They’ve all matured and learned to understand their games more.” Alex Burton said a few of his classmates started bowling in the after-school program at Fairfield Elementary and then also bowled on Saturdays at Timbers Lanes in a junior high league for many years. “Everyone has continued to improve throughout our high school years,” he said. The team also included junior Sam Burton and sophomores Roby Fairchild and Sam Wolfe. “This is a very experienced team and we all knew that we had the chance to win the first NLL bowling title for Maumee this year and this motivated all of us,” Sam Burton said. Teifke expressed that the accomplishment was a true team effort. “There were days when each individual came through and helped for the win,” he said. “They all had their moments when they shined. They all contributed.” Alex Burton agreed. “It feels great to be part of a team where not one bowler had to carry the whole year,” he said. “Everyone contributed throughout the season to accomplish one of our goals.” Imm led the Panthers at the tournament with an individual three-game series score of 501 (178-170-153). He finished the NLL season with the conference’s eighth-best overall average of 193. “Cole could barely break 100 as a freshman, but he has come into his own,” Teifke said. “He was a steady bowler for us that put up some good scores.” Sniadecki followed Imm with a 483 (160-161-162) “Cole really came through for the tournament and Joe did, too,” Teifke said. “I told the guys if we could shoot 160s we could win the tournament.” Beaverson next posed a 464 (153-166-145) and finished the NLL season with the conference’s sixth-best average of 199.83. “Keaton was steady with that 199 average all through the season and had a couple of big games,” Teifke said. Sam Burton contributed a 199 after posting the NLL’s seventh-best average of 198.55. “I was proud and pleasantly surprised that I started out bowling well on a tough oil condition,” he said. Teifke agreed. “Sam had a couple of big games,” he said. “The shot was really tough. It was a sports shot that was tough for everybody. I think there were only two 200 games in the whole tournament.” Alex Burton tacked on a 171. “While I had a tough start to the day, my teammates kept us in contention,” he said. “We anticipated a tough oil pattern on the lanes – fortunately I found a line that helped us finish where we needed to be.” Alex Burton’s amazing season included the NLL’s second-best average of 214.35 the conference’s top individual game of 279 and its top individual series of 534. He also bowled a 258 and added a 503 series. “Alex led the team with big games,” Teifke said. “When he was on, with the revs that he put on the ball, he would carry well, so he got a lot of strikes and was a good spare-maker.” Becker, Fairchild and Wolfe all helped Maumee to victory in its Baker games. During the regular season, Becker recorded the NLL’s fifth-highest individual game of 268 and sixth-best individual series of 486. “Chris came through for us,” Teifke said. “When he got dialed in, he really turned it on.” Fairchild finished with the NLL’s fourth-best average of 204. “Roby had a bunch of good games,” Teifke said. “I’m very happy with how he’s come along and I’m very happy to have him for two more years. There is a lot to look forward to out of him.” Maumee’s NLL championship came after a season in which the Panthers led the conference with a team-high game of 1,120 and a high team match of 2,748. The latter came against Springfield on January 30 at Timbers Bowling Lanes. “They’ve all had great games and they all put it together in their last one against Springfield,” Teifke said. “I kept telling them that if they all clicked on the same day they could shoot 2,700 and they finally did it.” Maumee will next compete in the sectional tournament at Lima’s 20th Century Lanes on Friday, February 23. The tournament will feature 18 teams, including rematches for the Panthers against every NLL team except Napoleon. “It will be a lot of the same teams that we played against last year and I feel like we have a very good chance this year,” Teifke said. “We just missed making districts last year. We believe we really have a great shot this year. “I’m just tickled that these guys have done so well this year. Hopefully, they can keep it up for a couple more weeks.”

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