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Alma girls win first state bowling title in program history

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JACKSON – The Alma High School girls bowling team won the Division 3 team state title on Friday as it topped Hudsonville Unity Christian by 20 pins in the finals.

The state crown is the first in program history for the Panthers.

“I thought our girls did a great job of staying controlled today,” said Alma coach Ken Shunk, whose team came into the finals ranked No. 3 in Division 3. “The talent really came out and they did exactly what we thought they were going to do. Watching the kids celebrate and cry a little with their parents brought tears to my eyes. Our girls just stepped up and had a very good day.”

Alma rolled a 1,282 in the finals from Airport Lanes in Jackson to best the Crusaders by 20 total pins.

The Panthers finished fourth in the qualifying block with a 3,019 to advance.

From there they were seeded fourth in the eight-team finals.

In the quarterfinals the Panthers beat fifth-seeded Birch Run by 10 pins as they had a total of 1,144.

From there they bested eighth-seeded Coloma handily 1,285 to 1,179 in the semifinals before claiming the crown.

Susan Schultz led the Panthers with a 209 game in the finals while Hallie Weaver rolled a 203.

Kemmie Shunk added in a 198 with Sarah Gadde notching a 194 and Aaliyah Wilson a 159.

For the season the Panthers won three tournaments, including the most significant one Friday.

They won the Baker’s Dozen in Battle Creek and the Jimmie K Invite in Alma earlier this season, thus the atmosphere wasn’t new to them.

Alma also won its first-ever regional title last weekend.

Last Updated: 3/4/2016 5:53:51 PM EST