The Tallmadge boys bowling team finished 19th with a score of 3,750 at a 28-team district meet Feb. 24 at Crest Lanes in Warren.
Fairport Harding (Fairport Harbor) won the competition with a score of 4,225. The top five teams advanced to the state tournament.
Canfield (4,187), Cleveland Benedictine (4,151), Austintown Fitch (4,082) and Champion (4,073) also qualified for the state competition.
"I was very proud of the boys," Tallmadge first-year head coach Mick Jones said. "They didn't quit. They bowled until the last shot in the 10th frame."
Senior Nick Krainess led the way with scores of 205, 210 and 178, respectively. He finished 35th of out 201 participants with a 593 series.
Junior Andre Gilles was next for the Blue Devils with scores of 184, 178 and 179.
"Nick ran into a lot of high scores," Jones said. "He bowled well. I know one kid bowled a 289 and an 813 series and another kid bowled a 257 and a 699 series."
Also bowling for Tallmadge were seniors Kody Stauffer (163-207-165) and Ryan DeBord (152-176-190) and sophomore Brendon Haven (154-165).
Tallmadge finished with baker games of 194, 201, 175, 189, 159 and 182, respectively.
"We finished fifth or sixth in the baker games in the whole tournament," Jones said.
Junior Madison Stock was the lone Lady Blue Devil to compete in Warren. She finished the season with scores of 171, 170 and 186.
"Madison got a little taste," Jones said. "It gives her some confidence because she knows she can compete with some of these girls."
The boys finished second in the Greater Summit Conference with a 12-2 record. The girls finished 10-4, which also was good for second place in the Greater Summit Conference. Green won both the boys' and girls' titles.
Nick Krainess, DeBord, Stauffer and seniors Nicole Kreitzburg and Abby Collins concluded their bowling careers for Tallmadge.
"I couldn't have asked for five better examples of what the program should be," Jones said. I was very lucky. The kids put in a lot of work and made the adjustments we talked about. I just regret that I wasn't with them longer."
Jones said Nick Krainess and Collins are planning to bowl in college. He believes the other seniors also could bowl on the collegiate level if they chose to do so.
Jones is optimistic about the future.
"Andre Gilles made some strides," he said. "He was on of our better bowlers at districts. [Freshman] Jeremy Krainess has a come a long way in a short period time and Brendon Haven put up some good scores. The girls have Madison, [junior] Kes Speelman, [freshman] Jennie Kiss and [junior] Annie Drechsler back."