Bucyrus junior bowler ready for big stage

Bucyrus junior Tod Spurlock is a relative newcomer to the sport of bowling. He just started knocking down pins in the past five years and has worked his way to the sport’s highest level of high school competition.

Spurlock will be the first high school bowler from Bucyrus or Crawford County to compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Bowling tournament at Wayne Webb Columbus Bowl in Columbus Saturday, March 2.

“I’m really happy to be competing in the state bowling tournament,” Spurlock said. “It means a lot to be the first bowler ever from Bucyrus and the county to make it to this level.”

Bucyrus Bowling coach Diane Kaple has seen Tod improve during his high school career. He carried a 185 average last season and finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 210 average.

“Last year was our first year competing in the sectional tournament and Tod did well, just missing the district tournament by 9 pins,” Kaple said. “I was excited to see him do well, adjust to the lane changes and advance to the district competition this season.”

If you ask Tod what he likes most about bowling, he’s quick to tell you he likes to go out and have fun. He’s also very grateful for the support he’s received from his teammates and coach.

“I’d like to thank my coach and teammates for supporting me at the district tournament,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Coach Kaple and appreciate her help in getting me to this point.”

Tod, as a state tournament qualifier, will be the newest member of the Bucyrus High School Athletic Wall of Fame when the pictures are added during the 2019-2020 school year.

“Competing at the state level is just awesome,” Kaple said. “I’m very proud of him and can’t wait to see how he does against other bowlers from around the state!”