ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The Potters came up short in their season-opening match.
The St. Clairsville boys' and girls' bowling teams swept East Liverpool Tuesday down at St. Clair Lanes. The Red Devils won the boys' match, 2169-1595, and St. Clairsville won the girls' match, 1545-1540.
The St. Clairsville boys won the match play, 1853-1323, and the Red Devils won the bakers' matches, 316-272. The Red Devils bowled a 175 in Game 1, and they bowled a 141 in Game 2. East Liverpool bowled a 150 in Game 1, and the Potters bowled a 122 in Game 2.
Individually for East Liverpool, Jacob Graves bowled a 299 series with six spares and seven strikes. Jim Bundy bowled a 290 series with six spares and five strikes. Andre Coles bowled a 253 series with five strikes, Andrew Arcuragi bowled a 249 series with four strikes.
"The boys faced a kid, Josh Yeager, who almost bowled a 300," second-year East Liverpool head coach Erik Adkins said. "They are still learning. We have four new starters this year. We are starting from scratch like we did last year with it being our inaugural year.
"The kids were kind of shell-shocked, but they came back and battled until the end of the matches. If we could have gotten more strikes together we would have been able to stay close."
On the girls' side, St. Clairsville won the match play, 1280-1241, but East Liverpool won the bakers' matches, 299-265. The Potters bowled a 166 in Game 1, and East Liverpool bowled a 133 in Game 2. The Red Devils bowled a 125 in Game 1, and St. Clairsville bowled a 140 in Game 2.
Individually for the Potters, standout Becky Brewer bowled a 349 series with seven strikes and eight spares. Leighanna Frantz bowled a 248 series with five strikes and two spares. Mya Messenger bowled a 238 series with four strikes and two spares. Nicole Linkous bowled a 237 series with three strikes and two spares.
"With the girls, Becky is still leading the way," Adkins said. "In the last game, she bowled a 190. She was able to stay in it for eight frames. she had mostly spares, but she added a few strikes, She did not close frames together toward the end of the match.
"We have two new starters. The nerves got to them early, and then they settled down. Tamara Brown and Nicole Linkous are our new starters.
"It was a nail-biter at the end. Becky got a strike on the final frame, and then bowled a nine. Had she closed with three strikes we would have won."
East Liverpool is scheduled to play today at 4 p.m. at home against Alliance.