Sunday, January 29, 2023

Crestwood duo earns All-Ohio honors

Crestwood junior Emily Linamen and senior Sydney Coburn both closed out the OHSAA state bowling championships as All-Ohioans on Saturday.

Linamen rolled a 595 to place fourth overall while Coburn finished 10th with a 570. Linamen earned first-team All-Ohio honors while Coburn was second-team.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling that can’t be explained,” Linamen said. “Out of 1,500 girls, I was the one percent to make it this far.”

Linamen opened the tournament with a 188 in her first game and then finished with a 192 and a 215.

“At first, I felt so nervous but I kept telling myself that I made it as far as you can go,” she said. “When I got a 188 the first game I just knew that I needed to relax, calm down, and play my game. Bowling is a mental game, you just have to relax and have fun.”

Coburn was pleased just earning a state berth but couldn’t be happier to have earned All-Ohio honors.

“I am extremely excited to finish the season the way I did,” she said. “Without great coaching and family support, I never would have made it this far. Making it to state was already a huge accomplishment for me, but placing made it even better.”

She struggled with the lane conditions in the first game and rolled a 166 but made the necessary adjustments to finish strong with a 212 and a 192.

“My first game was a struggle,” Coburn said. “I started with the wrong ball and was not getting the reaction I needed for the lane conditions. Switching in the fifth frame, I was able to reverse the path I was on and end the game on a high note giving me the confidence I needed for the next two games.”

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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