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  • L'Anse Creuse North's Coach Dennis Crescenti congratulates Kyle Hayes after a strike in semi-final match. Ray Skowronek--MIPrepZone
  • L'Anse Creuse North's Kyle Hayes during semi-final match. Ray Skowronek--MIPrepZone
  • Lakeview's bowling team gets fired up just before starting their semi-final match. Ray Skowronek--MIPrepZone
  • Lakeview's Krysta Pierce during semi-final match. Ray Skowronek--MIPrepZone
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
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  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek
  • Bowling finals at Sterling Lanes March 4, 2016. MIPrepZone photo gallery by Ray Skowronek

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L’Anse Creuse North’s bowling team reached all of its goals this season except the ultimate one — and the Crusaders barely missed that one.

LCN reached the finals of the state Division 1 team tournament Friday at Sterling Lanes, but a disappointing showing in the two Baker games turned out to be too deep a hole and Wyandotte Roosevelt was able to win its first state bowling championship.

The Bears outscored the Crusaders 411-305 in the two Baker games, then beat LCN 931-906 in the individual games to win 1,342-1,211.

“The boys did really well in the quarters and semis — in Bakers and singles — but in the finals we got behind by 100 pins in the two Bakers and it’s hard to come back from that,” said coach Dennis Crescenti. “It’s hard to recoup that but we have a team that can do it.

“We just couldn’t put strikes together. We’d get one or two, maybe a third but we couldn’t get guys going with consecutive strikes.”

It looked like LCN might get on a roll in the sixth frame when Justice Taylor, Kevin Rhoney and Jacob Mackowiak opened with strikes but that was the best string the Crusaders could put together during the match.

“That’s all we needed and we still had plenty of time in the match to do it,” Crescenti said. “We had to put another one together. All (Roosevelt) had to do was stay clean and keep sparing and we couldn’t catch them. Wyandotte bowled great today. They’re a great state champion.”

Facing a deficit of 106 points had to put pressure on the LCN bowlers. They knew that every mistake, every open frame could be disastrous.

“We knew what we had to do. We just had to make the good shots,” said Kyle Hayes, who will compete for a state singles championship Saturday.

The Bears’ big lead meant pressure on Crescenti, too.

“I had to keep them focused,” he said. “I couldn’t let them get their heads down. In bowling, you’re in it all the way to the end and it was my job to keep them in it the best we could. We just fell a little short today.”

This was LCN’s year. All six bowlers in the finals are seniors.

“It would have been great for these guys to go out on a high note,” Crescenti said. “I’m so proud of these boys. They won the MAC Red, qualified in the regional, made the cut (to the final eight) and made it this far. They’re a wonderful group of guys.”

Also bowling for LCN were Brad Thomas and Mitchell Schulwitz.

L’Anse Creuse North qualified seventh and breezed to the championship match. The Crusaders defeated Salem 1,371-1,282 in the quarterfinals and beat defending Division 1 champion Wayne Memorial 1,378-1,128 in the semifinal round.

It was a proud day for Roosevelt coach Mike Calhoun, whose son Brent is one of two seniors who bowled for the Bears.

“This is the highlight of my bowling life. These kids just kept their foot to the gas,” said Mike Calhoun. “They just kept going. Most of it is mental, and we as coaches just try to keep them calm. We put our time in on this pattern. We practiced diligently on it. We’ve seen different surfaces at different houses. Fortunately, today we matched up well.”

Mike Calhoun said the key was avoiding open frames.

“We made our spares,” he said. “We had some breaks. Obviously, bowling is taking advantage of those. We were able to string a couple doubles and some triples together, but most of all we filled frames. In this tournament, spares are everything.

“We got off to a good start in the Bakers and that gave us a hundred-pin cushion.”

Roosevelt had the top score during qualifying and the Bears defeated Grand Haven and U-D Jesuit on the way to the final.

The only other Macomb County boys team to make it through qualifying was Lake Shore in Division 2 at Super Bowl in Canton.

The Shorians qualified sixth and defeated Coldwater in the quarterfinals. They lost to Flint Kearsley in the semifinals. Lansing Eastern beat Kearsley in the championship match.

Last Updated: 3/4/2016 8:18:58 PM EST