Massingill earns second team All-Ohio honors at Division I boys state bowling tournament.


COLUMBUS — There is no question Troy High School sophomore Bryce Massingill has put himself on the state bowling map.

Massingill finished in eight place, earning second team All-Ohio honors at the Division I boys state tournament Friday at Wayne Webb Bowl with games of 247, 234 and 182 for a 663 series.

The Troy girls bowling team will bowl on Saturday.

“I will take a 660,” Massingill said about his first trip to the state tournament. “This was great (bowling at state). It is just nice to let people know who I am and make them aware of me.”

Troy bowling coach Doug Stone said there are only bigger and better things ahead for Massingill.

“You are definitely going to hear from him the next couple years,” Stone said. “There is no question about that.”

And Massingill got off to a fast start.

After opening with a spare on lanes 41 and 42, Massingill struck one seven of his next eight balls and finished with 247.

Moving down to lanes 37 and 38 for game two, Massingill started with five straight strikes.

After his first open frame, he answered with a double and finished with a 234.

“He got off to a great start,” Stone said. “He really bowled well the first two games.”

When they returned to lanes 41 and 42 for game three, all eight bowlers struggled with the changing conditions of the lane.

“It was super tight,” Massingill said. “You didn’t have much margin for error.”

Stone agreed.

“Lane 42 was the problem lane for us today,” he said. “That is where we struggled.”

He was never able to string two strikes together and finished with a 182.

And he was quick to congratulate the other bowlers.

“We bowl in a lot of tournaments together,” Massingill said. “I know a lot of these guys. I look forward to bowling in more tournaments with them coming up. I just really enjoy it and have a lot of fun.”

And Friday capped an impressive finish to the season for Massingill.

He was the MVL individual champion with a 676 series.

He finished second at sectionals with a 714 series and at district finished second with a 740 series.

“I will take 660,” Massingill said. “There are a lot of great bowlers here. I know I was second among the individuals, so that is pretty good. Definitely, this gives me confidence. I was struggling most of the year, so this feels great to finish this way.”

And make sure everyone knows his name.

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