Sterling Heights — Wyandotte Roosevelt won its first state title at the boys Division 1 bowling team championships Friday afternoon with a total pinfall triumph over Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, 1,342-1,211.
Roosevelt jumped out to a quick start in the first two baker games (five from each team bowl two frames), topping North, 207-157 and 204-148, and taking a 106-pin advantage into the final frames.
With the result never really in doubt, Roosevelt’s five-man team, led by senior Cory Coffee (214) took the final full game, 931-906, to officially capture the title.
“We made our spares in the baker games,” Roosevelt coach Mike Calhoun said. “Spares are everything in this tournament. We’ve practiced and practiced this format, and it paid off.”
Roosevelt was the top qualifier from its region coming into the morning’s qualifying round with 17 other teams. It again was the top seed heading into the quarterfinals after posting a total pinfall of 3,639 in the morning session.
“These kids never stopped, they kept their foot to the gas the entire time,” Calhoun said.
L’Anse Creuse North entered the quarterfinals as the 7-seed, upsetting Salem in the quarterfinals before ousting defending state champion Wayne Memorial in the semis.
Brad Thomas rolled a 240 in a semifinal game that saw four North seniors post a score above 200.
It cruised into the finals, posting back-to-back pinfall totals of 1,053 and 1,004 in the quarters and semis. It was the only team to reach the hallowed four-digit mark in the main draw.
“We just came to a new pair of lanes and started struggling,” North coach Dennis Crescenti said. “We fell behind by 100 pins, and that’s tough to recoup from.”
Davison takes D-1 girls
Davison captured its fourth championship in five years with a 1,206-1,139 win over pesky Farmington in the Division 1 bowling finals, bouncing back from a defeat in last year’s final round to Macomb Dakota.
It was the top two seeds from the morning facing off for a championship. Davison had rolled its way through qualifying, outscoring second-seeded Farmington by 148 pins.
For just a minute, it looked like Farmington might find its way back from the abyss as it had done against Woodhaven in the semifinals. Davison took a 48-pin advantage after the first two baker games, but Farmington was hot, and in the sixth frame it built a 60-pin advantage that had officially closed the gap.
But that’s when things took a turn.
Farmington left three open frames in the eighth, and Davison got a strike from all five girls in the ninth to officially seal the deal and regain the championship it let slip in 2015.
“A lot of these girls bowl under pressure, and they knew their back was against the wall,” Davison coach Bryan Davis said. “They had to get going.”
“We just stayed together,” Taylor Davis said. “We still had three more frames left and never gave up.”
Kalee Johnson paced Davison in the final with a 192, but it was Davis who had a shining moment earlier in the day, posting a 275 in qualifying.
Farmington scraped by with a 6-pin win over Woodhaven in the semifinals, thanks to clutch rolling from junior Candyce Bradley, who struck three times in the 10th to send her team to the finals.
“That’s Candyce for you,” Farmington coach Dennis Hermani said. “She’s got ice water in her veins.”
Bradley had posted a 235 in the quarterfinals, but she needed every pin of her 225 in the semis to get past Woodhaven.
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer
State team bowling
Wyandotte Roosevelt d. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, 1,342-1,211.
Lansing Eastern d. Flint Kearsley, 1,444-1,288
Saginaw Swan Valley d. Battle Creek Pennfield, 1,247-1,185
Sandusky d. St. Charles, 1,331-1,233
Davison d. Farmington, 1,206-1,139
Flint Kearsley d. Jackson, 1,249-1,111
Alma d. Hudsonville Unity Christian, 1,282-1,262
Ithaca d. New Lothrop, 1,141-1,138