It isn't often that the first week of high school bowling features news that makes an impact but that was the case this week as teams across the PTC bowled in cross-division matches.
For seven long years, the Garfield girls have been perfect.
Imagine that … since 2005, the Garfield girls varsity bowling team didn't lose a match against conference teams.
Coach Joe Brigham has credited the girls throughout their streak as having the ability to listen and work hard. The team has dominated the PTC County Division and proven they would be difficult to beat if they were competing in the Metro Division as well.
Every team, both home and away, has wanted to be the team to beat Garfield at least once.
It was the Kent Roosevelt Lady Rough Riders who did it.
Before recapping the match, don't think this won't be the beginning of another streak. And, a different streak is alive now as the girls still have not been beaten in the PTC County Division.
However, on Wednesday, the Lady Rough Riders could be proud of their performance in a close match as Roosevelt beat Garfield.
The word lose hasn't even been in Garfield's vocabulary.
Everything came together to start the season for Kent coached by Liz Cawley.
At the end of the two regular games, Kent was in the lead 11 pins. Unless it is the end of the match, with the three Bakers games yet to bowl, 11 pins is not a cushion, it is a virtual tie.
The true team games, the Bakers, feature all five bowlers on one team bowling one game. The first bowler rolls the first and sixth frames, the second bowler the second and seventh frames etc.
The first game can make the difference and set the tone for what's to come.
The Kent girls did just that.
Rolling a 211 Baker game, the first of three, improved Kent's lead to 68 pins as Garfield bowled a 154 but Kent dropped back a little in the second, rolling a 138 game to Garfield 164 giving Kent a slight 42 pin lead going into the final head-to-head Baker game of the match.
Kent kept it together to roll a 160 to Garfield's 173 to give Kent the victory by a total of 29 pins.
The five girls from Kent -- Makayla Dulaney, Katelyn Jastromb, Kiersten Pasket, Trayce Harris and Micayla Moore -- accomplished the seemingly impossible.
"I am so proud of these girls," said Liz Cawley, coach of the Lady Rough Riders.
Trayce Harris and Micayla led the charge. Moore rolled a 202 game and added a 174 for a 376 series. Harris tossed a 195 game and added a 179 for a 374 series.
Garfield had their own success at Kent Lanes.
Olivia Doraski had a nice 224 game on her way to a 384 series with Jessica Potteiger adding a 185 game and Anna Brigham a 174 game to the Lady G-Men's efforts.
The Kent bowling teams have made Kent Lanes a place that is not fun for visiting teams as has Garfield at their home, Sky Lanes.
Look for a scheduled rematch between these two teams at Sky Lanes later this season and watch as Garfield continues their streak in the PTC County Division and may well start another match streak as the season progresses.
But for one night, the Lady Rough Riders did the seemingly impossible -- beat the amazing Garfield girls.
PTC's Newest Member
The Streetsboro Rockets started a bowling team this season for both girls and boys and are bowling a full schedule in the PTC Metro Division as well as cross-division matches against County Division teams.
The Rockets got their schedule underway against the Rootstown Rovers at Bill White's Twin Star Lanes on Monday.
Although the Rockets lost the match, both the girls and boys varsity teams, the match signaled another expansion of the PTC. There are now five schools sponsoring bowling in the County Division, with Southeast only hosting a girls team and six schools sponsoring bowling in the Metro Division.
One more school may be on the horizon.
Norton is in its second year of trying bowling without competing in a full PTC schedule. The scores will often reflect one of the PTC teams rolling a match against Norton with the Panthers looking to the future to challenge in the PTC Metro.
Best Match Score of the Week
Kent made it a sweep of Garfield as the varsity boys rolled the highest match score of the week among area teams.
The Kent boys had a match total of 2,664 on their way to beating the Garfield G-Men.
It was a match to remember as four of the varsity bowlers had 400 series or better.
Saying Joey Swanson was consistent is an understatement. Swanson rolled back-to-back games of 259 for a 518 series. Sophomores Connor Crabbe and Chris Hoskins each had 240 games, Crabbe a 243 and Hoskins a 245 and Brandon Klembus finished with a 457 series thanks to games of 221 and 236.
But when Terry Adolph, coach of the Rough Riders, called in the scores, the first score she mentioned, despite the litany of outstanding scores bowled by her team, was the Lady Rough Riders' victory over the Lady G-Men.
Another 200 game party
The Crestwood Red Devils boys bowling team also enjoyed a successful win over Norton, rolling a 2,436 series that included three of the Red Devils rolling 200 or better games.
Matt Lyons bowled a 214 the first game and then duplicated his effort to roll a 428 series. Bradley Woodrum tossed a 217 game and Noah Shannon finished with a 406 series that included a 212 game.
Cross-division matches in the PTC continue this week.
On Tuesday, Garfield travels to Ravenna in a match that could be close. All four teams, Garfield boys and girls and Ravenna boys and girls have been putting up solid scores.
TODAY: Crestwood @ Rootstown; Springfield @ Woodridge.
TUESDAY: East Canton @ Coventry; Woodridge @ Crestwood; Garfield @ Ravenna.
WEDNESDAY: Woodridge @ Streetsboro.
THURSDAY: Southeast @ Ravenna.
FRIDAY: Coventry @ Southeast