Congratulations to PTC bowling teams and individuals advancing to the OHSAA Division I District Tournament at Crest Lanes on Feb. 23 and 24.
Advancing from the Portage County Sectional are the girls teams from Kent Roosevelt and Garfield, the Ravenna boys team, and individual boys Joey Swanson of Kent Roosevelt and Ryan Ambler of Crestwood.
The girls district is scheduled for Feb. 23 and the boys district event is set for Feb. 24.
Crest Lanes is located at 3990 Youngstown Rd. SE in Warren.
Tournament managers are telling coaches that bowling may split into two divisions next season.
That would be a welcome relief for many of the small schools.
Bowling has 308 boys teams and 277 girls teams across the state competing this season, more than swimming and diving that has already been split into two divisions and more than girls golf when it was split into two divisions four years ago.
When the state does split bowling into two divisions, it is time for the OHSAA to take better control of the event.
Many teams now still compete in the same sectional as when they bowled in what was known as bowling conferences.
When bowling first started, Stow, Hudson, Rootstown, Garfield, Crestwood, Ravenna and Kent Roosevelt among other teams were competing in the Portage-Summit Bowling Conference.
Now that schools are competing for their own conferences, it is time the state divides the sectionals fairly.
Bowlers across the state are competing for their own school's conference championship, earning varsity letters and bowling outstanding games.
It is time the state caught up and treated bowling like the quality varsity sport it has become.
OTHER PTC TEAMS
So where are the other PTC teams and how are they doing in the sectional?
While the Portage Sectional was held this weekend, other schools are competing in sectionals Feb. 16 and 17.
The Summit Sectional on Feb. 17 includes Coventry and Springfield, the PTC Metro Division co-champions, as well as Woodridge.
The Woodridge, Coventry and Springfield boys teams bowl on Saturday.