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Ithaca girls win D4 state title by three pins

  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • Ithaca bowling team won the D4 team state title in Grand Ledge Friday, besting runner-up New Lothrop by three pins. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE -- MIPREPZONE.COM)

GRAND LEDGE – Who needs to win by a lot?

The Ithaca High School girls bowling team doesn’t.

On Friday afternoon the Yellowjackets rolled their way to the first bowling state title in program history from Royal Scot in Grand Ledge.

As it was Ithaca topped New Lothrop by three pins in the Division 4 state title match, finishing with a team score of 1,141 to New Lothrop’s score of 1,138.

“The girls were just phenomenal all day long,” said Ithaca coach Dan Macha, who coached the 2010 team to a runner-up finish in D4. “It came down to the last frame and last ball thrown.”

The Jackets advanced through the qualifying block and nailed down the second-seed heading into the eight-team finals.

From there they beat seventh-seeded Burton Bendle 1,167 to 1,034 in the quarterfinals before besting third-seeded Rogers City 1,228 to 1,190 in the semifinals.

“The girls just hung around and stayed close all day,” Macha added, whose team came into last weekend’s regionals ranked second in D4. “It’s just a super bunch of ladies and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Haylee Sigafoose led the Jackets in the final as she rolled a 176. Shannon Whitaker added in a 161 with Mikayla Woodrow notching a 160. Heidi Seeley also rolled a 154 with Arianna Woodrow notching a 139.

For the season the Jackets finish with a dual meet record of 15-3. They finished third in the TVC In 2016 with their three losses coming by a combined 29 pins. Two of those losses also came to D3 state champion Alma.

Macha said the key to Friday’s win was how his team closed games out.

“In the last couple of games they did a great job of setting the table for the 10th frame,” he said.

The Jackets nailed nine strikes in the ninth frame which is outstanding considering they only had 10 rolls.

Defending D4 state champion St. Louis finished sixth in the qualifying block to advance with a 3,002.

However the Sharks fell to Rogers City 1,222 to 1,186 in the quarterfinals.

On the boys side St. Louis advanced through the qualifying block also as it was third with a 3,330.

The Sharks fell in the quarterfinals to St. Charles by a score of 1,213 to 1,184.

Last Updated: 3/4/2016 7:48:57 PM EST