Sturgis and Three Rivers attended the MHSAA state bowling finals over the weekend. The Trojan boys team and both the Wildcat girls and boys competed in the team finals Friday, while both schools had individual qualifiers in action Saturday.
In the Division 2 boys team qualifying Friday at Century Lanes in Waterford, Sturgis placed 14th out of 18 teams with a 3122, missing the top eight cut for bracket play.
“Rough day at the lanes,” said Trojans coach Scott Spahr. “Boys showed flashes of what got them to the finals, but just could not sustain it for long enough to make the cut. As a team they had a heck of a season and made their first visit here in 4 years. Proud of all the hard work they have put in and continue to pour into their sport. They will be back to continue the journey. ”
In the Division 3 boys team qualifying Friday at JAX 60 in Jackson, Three Rivers placed 15th out of 18 teams with a 2949 score. The Wildcat girls took 11th out of 18 with 2741, ending 25 pins short of cracking the top eight.
In boys individual action Saturday, Three Rivers had two bowlers barely make the top 16 cut for bracket play. Devin Svoboda was 18th at 1140 and Sulley Zietlow 19th at 1130. The 16th place finisher had 1144. TR’s Taylor Mohney had a solid effort as well, taking 22nd at 1035; 30 pins shy of the cut.
For the Sturgis individuals, Kami Kimes was 49th in the girls D2 field at 937. For boys, Andrew Matz had a 46th place 1029 and Owen Brewer was 55th at 950.
“While not getting the results that they had hoped, fun was had and experience gained for all of them,” said Spahr. “With two (Kimes and Matz) still having opportunities to build on it in their high school career. Senior Captain Owen Brewer got to go out at the end of his 2 year career with a chance to compete for the ultimate individual award.”
“Things are looking bright for the program. Proud of all of the athletes and what they accomplished this season.,” Spahr concluded.
Complete results from the MHSAA state bowling finals can be found here.