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LCN advances to bowling state finals

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In a dramatic finish, L’Anse Creuse North’s boys bowling team advanced to the Division 1 state finals.

The Crusaders nabbed one of the three top spots at the regional at Five Star Lanes in Sterling Heights. LCN finished second behind Utica, with Romeo securing the third qualifying bid. The finals are next weekend in Muskegon.

“It came down to the last few frames," said Crusaders’ Coach Mike Holeton. “We knew we were really close. We didn't get Utica but the main thing is to go to the state.

“They've been bowling well all year. The last couple weeks in the MAC Red we had a tough time and fell to third, but it’s been a good season. Macomb County has some of the toughest teams in the state. Hopefully, one of the three of us can keep (the state championship) in Macomb County.”

L’Anse Creuse North qualified both the boys and girls teams for the state for the first time in five years.

“Five years ago, my first year coaching the team, we took them both," said coach Brian Thomas. “It seemed easy. I didn’t realize how difficult that was. Our goal was to get them both there and we did.”

The Crusaders started slowly with a 180 in the first Baker game but picked it up after that.

“The average (that won the regional) last year was 190.6, so we thought it would be close to that again," Thomas said. "We stayed around 200 all day. They were real consistent.”

Freshman Kyle Hayes had a 645 series in the regular games, starting out with a 257.

“He sparked us,” Thomas said. “That first singles after the Baker games is always a key. Get that first one under your belt and get good position.”

Mike Michalski (610) and Jordan Bingham (602) also bowled well in the three regular games. Other members of the LCN team were Cody McKay, Tyler Crescenti, Trevor Mackowiak, Bradley Thomas and Austin Bless.

Last year, Dakota won the Division 1 boys’ championship for the second year in a row. The Cougars finished fourth, just missing a chance to defend their title.

Romeo, which won the boys championship at the Macomb County Invitational, qualified for the state tournament for the first time in school history.

New Haven’s boys finished ninth in the Division 4 regional in Flint.

Last Updated: 2/25/2013 10:37:15 AM EST