Bobcats shine on Bay City lanes
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BY DAN NILSEN 810-452-2655 • email@example.com
MICHAEL SELECKY 810-452-2632 • firstname.lastname@example.org
BAY CITY — Grand Blanc bowlers got a sneak preview of state tournament competition last Saturday and acquitted themselves well. The Bobcats traveled to Bay City’s Monitor Lanes for the Bangor John Glenn Invitational, an annual test of some of the best squads on this side of the state that uses a format similar to the state team finals. The Grand Blanc boys’ team bowled just well enough in qualifying to grab the 16th and final qualifying spot for match play, then knocked off No. 1 seed Davison in dramatic fashion. Grand Blanc won the first game, 209-191, lost the second, 175158, and tied the third at 191. That forced a two-frame roll-off, which the Bobcats won, 37-28, on the strength of two strikes by anchor bowler Ryan Photo by Dan Nilsen Witucki. Ryan Witucki led Grand Blanc at Bay City with a 667 Grand Blanc then bowled Lake Orion in the quarterfinals, but lost both games in series. a close match. Witucki led the Bobcats freshman Andrea Sykes a 172. with a 667 series on 200-257-210, Nick Piotrowski bowled 221-209-192-622 and Lucas Dixon supplied 192-214-167 for a 573 GOODRICH set. The Grand Blanc girls also qualified for In the battle to the top of the Genesee Area match play, earning the 13th spot. The Lady Conference standings, the Martians varsity Bobcats lost both Baker games to Kearsley in boys team beat Beecher last Saturday at the af ternoon round, 162-137 and 181-131. Colonial Lanes after losing to Durand on Dec. Team captain Samantha Handa led Grand 10 and opening the season on Dec. 3 by posting Blanc with 177-200-171-548, missing only two a win against Genesee. With the victory, the spares for all eight Baker games. Goodrich boys are now 2-1 and are led by Jake Last Thursday, the Bobcats dropped both Luettke with a six game total of 1,200 pins for a sides of a Kensington Lakes Activities 200 average, Jared Zuwala has knocked down Association match with Waterford Kettering at 1,007 pins in six games for a 167 average and Grand Blanc Lanes. The boys team bowed, 18rolling a 157 average on 628 pins in four games 12, while the girls lost, 19-11. is Lowell Severson. Nick Ross led the boys with a 223-193 and As for the Lady Martians, they lost to Dixon contributed 202. Kettering had all five Beecher that same day to fall to 0-3 on the year, bowlers over 200 in the first game to win, yet hold high hopes for the rest of the season 1,048-941, and took the second game, 858now that Rachel Girling has taken out 544 pins 822. The teams split the Baker games, Grand during her first five games of 2011-12 for an Blanc losing, 205-157, then winning, 205-177. average of 108. Holly Slagle has also held her The Lady Bobcats lost both Baker games, but own this season with a 166 average on 465 pins then made things interesting in the regular in four games, Olivia Ramirez has taken out games. Down 90 pins entering the ninth frame 614 pins in four contests for a 153 average and of game one, Grand Blanc forced Kettering’s posting an average of 89 after rolling over 447 anchor to mark in the 10th for a 776-756 win. pins in five games is Claire Kazentis. Both teams substituted freely in game two, and Goodrich is off for the rest of the year and Grand Blanc hung close again before losing, starts anew of Jan. 7 at Richfield Bowl against 748-723. Handa led the Lady Bobcats with New Lothrop and on Jan. 14 the Martians are 186, Jazzmyn Newman bowled a 178 and at Galaxy Lanes to face Mt. Morris. Thursday, December 22, 2011
ahead of the Bobcats in the 15th and 16th spots with 53 and 52 points were Lapeer East and Flushing, Bendle was 18th with 46 and Fenton and Durand rounded out the top 20 with 46 and 33 points. Placing third for Grand Blanc with a record of 4-1 at 160 was Carson Whaley after beating Lake Fenton’s DJ Melton by major decision, 12-0, Bentley’s Thomas Curley in 2:33, Kearsley’s James Davis, 4-2, and Goodrich’s Conner Wood 7-3. Brandon Marable took out Powers’ Justin Goodwin and Bendle’s Jacob McDaniel at 215 to go 2-1, and winning two of his four matches at 189 was Eveon Deloney. Pellumb Kurtaga also went 2-2 for Grand Blanc at 130 after besting Clio’s Kyle Lasley in 2:41 and teammate Kennan Alkeik by technical fall, 16-0. Grabbing single wins were Klye Adams at 119 and Justin Underwood at 125m and also competing were Alex Baird at 160 and Nathan McField at 171. Israel Mardlin and Alkeik competed for the Bobcats in a non-scoring role at 119 and 130. Grand Blanc is at Adams today.
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Goodrich’s Tyler Henry gets his hand raised after a victory at the County Meet at Davison.