First 300 game is highlight of Davis’ state title

Geoff Robinson
Special to The Detroit News
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Sterling Heights — It’s always a special moment when an athlete wins a state championship as years of hard work pay off in one perfect moment.

For Taylor Davis of Davison, her perfect moment came in the Division 1 girls bowling individual state finals Saturday when she capped an incredible weekend on the lanes with her first-ever perfect game and a state championship.

With the pressure mounting as the strikes piled up, Davis stayed cool in the 10th frame, calmly stroking the last three strikes to finish off the first game of the two-game final.

“It was an amazing feeling, the most surreal feeling ever,” Davis said. “I’ve always been wondering when I would be able to shoot my first 300, but doing it in the state finals is the best feeling ever.”

After all the pins fell on her final shot, her coach and father, Bryan Davis, gave her a very father-like bear hug as she walked his way in disbelief.

“She’s been waiting for this for a long time,” Bryan Davis said. “Everyone’s first 300 is so special, and to do it here in the state final, in the final match, it’s the most perfect place to do it.”

After her 300, Davis still had one more game to bowl against top-seed Julia Huren of Westland John Glenn.

Huren was a force all day long on the lanes before running into a buzzsaw in the finals. The John Glenn senior barely broke a sweat early on, finishing first among 60 bowlers in the morning session with a total pinfall of 1,336. She won each of her first three matches in the main draw by 69 pins or more.

But Davis had a 105-pin advantage, and despite falling to Huren in the second game, 215-179, she still walked away with a comfortable 479-410 triumph.

Davis, who avenged a semifinal loss in 2015, was part of the Davision team that won a championship on Friday for the fourth time in five years.

“I came into this weekend saying I know I can do this,” Davis said. “I just stayed calm and threw the best shots that I could.”

The perfect game was just the fifth in the history of girls bowling at the state championships and the first since 2008.

Delmarle brings it home for Mott

Brad Delmarle wasn’t happy with how things were going for him early on in qualifying, finishing both of his first two games under 200. He made a ball switch and saw immediate dividends, posting a 243 and 256 on his way to taking the No. 6 seed into the main draw.

From there, Delmarle was on point.

The junior from Warren Mott disposed of the competition with relative ease through his first three matches of the main draw, and he turned it up a notch for the finals, as he was set to take on top-seeded Gabe Cassise of Wyandotte Roosevelt, who had not rolled a game under 200 all day (12 games).

Delmarle struck with a turkey to open the first game, taking advantage of Cassise, who left an open frame early on.

“You always want to keep the pressure on, you don’t want to give your opponent any gap to take control,” Delmarle said. “Spares were the key today.”

The first-ever state champion from Mott finished the day with a 237 in the final game, taking the championship with a 459-393 pinfall advantage.

“I crushed it,” Delmarle said with a smile. “I’m so proud of what I accomplished here today.”

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