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Girls Bowling Goes To State March 2024

Jillian Justinger scores 5th place in the State of Ohio.

Congratulations to our Lady Skippers bowling team on their 10th place victory on Saturday. The team has made back to back trips to the OHSAA State tournament. Congrats to Jillian Justinger who placed 5th in the state for her bowling!

Fairport girls bowling team wins D-II district title - February 24, 2018

Fairport girls bowling team wins D-II district title

By Mark Podolski, The News-Herald

POSTED: 02/24/18, 9:12 PM EST

The Fairport girls bowling team is headed to the state tournament as a Division II district champion for the first time in school history.

The Skippers did so Feb. 24 without placing a bowler on the all-tournament team. Balance paved the way to a dominant performance at the Wedgewood Lanes District.

Fairport trailed Hubbard by 20 points after the first three games, but pulled away from the field in the Baker games. The Skippers outscored Hubbard, 423 to 306, in the first two games.

Fairport’s winning total was 3,661, with Hubbard second with 3,543.

“(Winning the district) is special,” said Fairport coach Jerry Rich. “We have six girls, and five are seniors. Our program is wrapped around these girls, and they bowled well. They executed well, and threw good shots.”

Bella Coll was Fairport’s top scorer with a three-game total of 548, including a 211 game. Lindsey Benko was 25th (493), and Sierra Sadler 27th (489).

“We were as balanced as you can get,” said Rich, who said his team should be considered a contender at next week’s state tournament in Columbus. “We probably won’t be the best team (at state). But if you’re there, you have a shot.”

Wickliffe‘s Susannah Tippen was an individual district qualifier. She was 28th with a score of 484.NDCL placed 14th as a team.

On the boys side, Fairport (3,581) was seventh and did not qualify. Wickliffe was 12th.

The area’s top finishers were Wickliffe’s Will Morris (12th, 578), and Fairport’s Mike Rentz (21st, 558) and Michael Chipps (25th, 536).

In Fairport, Rich Lanes and the high school’s bowling program a perfect match

It doesn’t take long to drive through Fairport Harbor.

“Oh, about a 1-mile square radius,” said Jerry Rich, co-owner of Rich Lanes.

If you blink, you might miss a treasure and mainstay of the tiny village near to the shores of Lake Erie.

Rich Lanes has been in existence for more than 60 years. Brothers Jerry and Brian Rich co-own the bowling alley.

Their grandfather Tony built it in 1955, then sold it to their father Jerry Sr., who ran the Lanes for 32 years. Brian and Jerry have owned it going on 12 years.

Community pride and tradition has built Rich Lanes into an institution in Fairport Harbor.