Notre Dame boys bowling team knocks down state championship in Division II

The Notre Dame High School boys bowling team captured the Division II state championship Jan. 25 with an 18-9 win over Christian Brothers in the finals at Smyrna Bowling Center.

The Fighting Irish held a 3,464-3,233 pin-fall advantage over the Memphis team, including a whopping 1,267-1,056 win in game three of the three-game match.

CJ Petrin, who earlier was named the state’s Mr. Bowling for Division II and finished as state runner-up in the individual bowling championship, scored 234 in game one of the team finals. Teammates Griffin Lee and Boston Eberle each recorded scores of 221 as the Irish won 1,101-1,059.

CJ tallied 213, Griffin 211, and Carson Barasha 203 in game two, which Christian Brothers won 1,118-1,096.

Griffin piled up 236, Patrick Byrne 216, CJ 211, Carson 209, Lane Cannon 201, and Boston 194 in Notre Dame’s game-three victory.

To reach the championship match, Notre Dame defeated Lipscomb Academy 21-6 in the quarterfinals and St. Benedict 16-11 in the semifinals. Carson’s 239 in game two against St. Benedict was tops for the Irish in the match. Griffin’s 226 was the best for the Irish against Lipscomb Academy.

CJ bested 23 competitors in the semifinals of the Division II individual tournament, recording a four-game pin-fall of 853 for a 213.25 average. But semifinal runner- up Matthew Mesecher of Pope St. John Paul II would defeat CJ in the finals 177-174.

CJ was also the state runner-up in 2019. This year, he led all of Division II with a 214.74 average.

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