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BOWLING: Crusaders’ girls move on

LCN goes to bowling finals

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L’Anse Creuse North bowling coach Brian Thomas stated before the Division 1 regional tournament that he believed the girls’ state champion could easily come from Macomb County.

Two schools will have that chance as the Crusaders and Dakota finished in the top three at the regional tournament, qualifying for a spot in next weekend’s state tournament in Muskegon.

Dakota won the regional with a total pin fall of 3865, while L’Anse Creuse North finished third with a pin fall of 3559. Sterling Heights Stevenson also advanced, finishing second.

L’Anse Creuse North’s girls improved as the day went on.

“They started out OK and then gradually got comfortable with the conditions,” said girls coach Darin Driscoll. “It was really a team effort. Alyssa Meade had a 227 game. If somebody wasn’t bowling well, somebody else stepped up.”

Thomas, who oversees the Crusaders program, said he was happy for Meade.

“Alyssa has put her heart and soul into this program,” he said. “She’s qualified two years in a row for singles and is going for a third tomorrow. It was so important for her to take the team in her senior year.”

Other members of the LCN girls team were Hannah Holeton, Haley Holeton, Jackie Belanger, Ashley Renock and Samantha Gainor.

Another county team hoping to sneak into the state semifinals was Anchor Bay, but the Tars struggled to an 11th place showing. Anchor Bay won the state title in 2011 and finished second last season.

New Haven failed to advance. The Rockets’ girls’ team placed 15th with a pin fall of 2009, while the boys’ team was ninth with a pin fall of 3007.

Last Updated: 2/25/2013 10:42:31 AM EST