River View hosts first home bowling tournament

| January 7, 2019

COSHOCTON – River View High School hosted its first bowling tournament on Jan. 5 at Legacy Lanes against teams from Newark, Heath, Dover and Tuscarawas Central Catholic.

“I’m really excited to be home,” said Allie Murray, a sophomore on the girls’ team at RVHS. “It’s different when you’re at other lanes, but we know ours here.”

This is the first year for bowling as a varsity sport at River View and Murray was one of the students who helped push to get it started.

“I’ve always loved bowling,” she said. “I like seeing all the new people to the sport and how they’ve learned so fast and have become dedicated to it.”

The girls’ team is coached by Bill Stufflebean.

“All the girls except two are new to bowling,” he said. “They started from scratch and the varsity squad has become very solid.”

One of the team members new to the sport is Claire Warschauer. She and fellow senior Natalie Mickley are captains of the team.

“I decided to do this because I could still do my softball offseason work and I knew it was a sport you could do for the rest of your life,” said Warschauer. “I’ve really liked it so far. It’s different than any other sport I’ve done. You help the team, but it’s really you out there with the ball against the pins. It’s an individual, but yet a team sport.”

Junior Emmie Brenly also is new to bowling.

“I thought it would be cool to be part of since it’s the first year,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying it.”

The boys bowling team is coached by Scott Fowler, who graduated from River View.

“I’m passionate about bowling,” he said. “I bowled in college and in the Air Force. I wanted to bring this opportunity to the kids. I’m very proud of them. They’ve really stepped up from the last tournament to this one. They were all ready.”

Just like the girls team, the boys also have several athletes who are new to the sport of bowling.

“I started three weeks before the season,” said Eli Giles, a senior and one of the team’s captains. “I was excited to do a different sport and this is the first time I’ve gotten to be captain of anything.”

Logan Moses, another senior and team captain, said he had a little bit of bowling experience before joining the team.

“When I heard they were going to have a team, I knew I had to join,” he said. “I find a lot of joy in bowling. We have a good team. We cooperate well. When someone isn’t having a good day on the lanes, we lift them up.”

Sophomore Isaac Giles decided to join the team with his older brother and is glad he did.

“I like seeing what people can do with the ball and how they can make it spin,” he said. “Two-handed bowlers are awesome to watch.”

The boys and girls teams both practice at Legacy Lanes and Stufflebean is thankful for the business’ support.

“We are very grateful for their hospitality,” he said. “They have done a tremendous job of supporting these two new teams and they also host a college team from Muskingum University. That’s been nice too because they get to see our kids and they like a lot of them.”


The Lady Bears took second overall in the tournament. They were seeded third of seven teams entering the semifinals and defeated second seed Indian Valley to advance to the championship round.

RV Lady Bears Qualifying scoring:

Marie Stuffelbean – 491 series (three games) sixth individual overall; Allie Murray – 426 series (three games)

10th Individual overall.

Emmie Brenly – 359 series (three games); Claire Warschauer-345 series (three games); Madalyn Cutshall – 255 (two games); Abigail Lillibridge – Bakers; Karlie Lahna – half game no score

10 pin games- 1994 pins

Baker games – 157, 152, 181, 145, 155, 121 for 911 pins; Total- 2905 pins

The RV Junior Varsity Lady Bears placed sixth out of seven varsity teams the tournament.

RV JV Scoring:

Benni Winland – 357 series (three games); Tevia Cooper – 314 series (three games); Paige Drake – 309 series (three games); Adyson Wright – 279 (three games); Bella Geckle – 246 series (three games)

10 pin games – 1505 pins

Baker games -135, 97, 104, 108, 88, 117, 649 pins; Total pins- 2154

Girls Teams- 5 players per team

Newark, Heath, Dover, Tuscarawas Central Catholic, Indian Valley, River View Varsity, River View Junior Varsity

Tournament format:

Qualifying round of three regular 10 pin games and six baker games.

Top four advanced to a best of three Baker game semifinal playoff.

Top two advanced to a best of three baker game championship match.

First seed Dover won the tournament after defeating the third seeded Lady Bears in the two of the three championship baker games.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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