The long trip to northern Ohio was well worth it.
The Wapakoneta Redskins made the more than two-hour trip to Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton and returned to Auglaize County with a sectional championship.
Wapak won the Division I boys bowling sectional tournament Friday and qualified for the district tournament. After three games and six Baker matches, Wapak had the top score (3,878) among 13 teams.
The top four teams from each sectional advanced to this Saturday’s district tournament.
“It feels great,” Redskins coach Jim Kaeck said. “There were some good teams up there. The competition around here, with Coldwater, Versailles, St. Henry — they’re as good as any in the state.”
Nate Kaeck was second-best finisher in the entire sectional tournament Friday, as he knocked down 655 pins (256-208-191), including a tournament-high game of 256.
“I was really proud of him,” Jim Kaeck said. “He’s come a long way. He really threw the ball well.”
Austin Krites (190-164-233) was fifth overall, and Brandon Kennard (190-187-176) finished 10th overall for Wapak.
Chandler Kaeck (192-206) rolled two games Friday for the Redskins.
Wapak’s Blake Knueve bowled a 174 and Trevor Copeland (148) in one game.
The Redskins will make their district appearance at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lex Lanes in Lexington.
“I thought our team was the best team at the sectional,” Jim Kaeck said. “It’s going to be the same four teams from our sectional at districts. I feel confident. If we bowl our game we should win.”
The district champion and the top individual bowler not on the district championship team will advance to state.