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BOWLING: Huron bowlers win county tourney (PHOTOS)

The Huron Bowling team shows off its recently won Wayne County High School Bowling Tournament Trophy. The team is Paul White (kneeling, left), Josh Coffee and Tony Leo; Coach Larry Collins (back row), Tyler Scicluna and Coach Terry Bonner.

Here is the Huron boys’ bowling team that finished runner-up in the junior varsity boys portion of the Wayne County High School Bowling Tournament. Kneeling are Kyle McKay (left), Josh Varcie and Jeremy Bonner. Standing are Coach Larry Collins, Kyran Bennett, Daniel Hollis and Coach Terry Bonner.

Here are members of the Huron girls bowling team posing with the junior varsity trophy from the Wayne County High School Bowling Tournament. Kneeling are Miranda Beltran (left), Jaimie Nickell and Sierra Coleman. Standing are Coach Larry Collins, Katie Pratula, Jordynn Reitz, Julia Gentis and Coach Terry Bonner. Not pictured is Brianna Pischke

After barely qualifying for the final round of the eighth annual Wayne County high school bowling tournament, the Huron boys’ team stunned three higher-ranked teams and won the varsity championship.

The Chiefs took the 20-team tournament on Jan. 19 at Cherry Hill Lanes by defeating Westland John Glenn in the two Baker game finale, 226-193, 204-179. But the tournament title was as much about the journey as it was the destination.

Only eight of the 20 teams qualified for the final round – and Huron qualified eighth, just 34 pins ahead of ninth-seeded Belleville.

The Chiefs, who are unbeaten in the Huron League, were sixth in the tournament after the three regular games (932-1085-970), thanks mainly to the consistent effort by Tony Leo and Paul White. But the team slipped after combining for a 302 two-game Baker set.

Huron rallied with a 362 in the second set of Bakers and qualified for the next round, but faced tough opponents the rest of the way.

Top-ranked Canton knocked down nearly 300 more pins than Huron in the qualifying round, but the eighth-seeded Chiefs ousted Canton in the first head-to-head Baker match, 344-328.

Huron was back to form in the semifinals, dominating fifth-seed Plymouth, 409-293. The Chiefs’ second Baker game of 219 was the third best of the brackets and was good enough to outscore Plymouth by 78 pins.

Huron took the lead in both championship games with John Glenn and then held on for the victory. The Chiefs’ 226 game was the best Baker score of the bracket.

“I told the kids, ‘Let’s just get in. Anything can happen,’” said Coach Larry Collins. “We proved that by knocking off the No. 1 seed, Canton, which had dominated the field in qualifying.”

Joining Leo and White on the championship squad were Anthony Munoz, Tyler Scicluna and Josh Coffee.

Leo’s 674 series was tied for the second highest of the day. He put together three consistent games of 225, 225 and 224. White’s 655 series ranked 10th best. He had games of 201, 234 and 220. Nunoz had a 231, Scicluna threw a 201 and Coffee had back-to-back games of 194.

Among Downriver teams in the boys tournament, Truman qualified fourth and Kennedy placed seventh, but both squads lost in their opening bracket games. Kennedy’s Coleman Kirk bowled a 289, tying for first in the tourney.

Other area teams were Roosevelt (11th place), Gabriel Richard (13), Romulus (15), Flat Rock (17), Woodhaven (18) and Anderson (19).

Fifth-seeded Kennedy went the farthest in the 18-team varsity girls tournament, making it to the final four, where the Eagles were defeated by John Glenn by two pins, 381-379. Morgan Alexis led Kennedy with a 581 series. Teammate Alyssa Segura had a 570 series.

Anderson was seeded second after the qualifying round, but lost to Plymouth in the first match of the final round. Flat Rock qualified sixth, but was ousted by Plymouth Salem.

Anderson’s Angela Rodriguez bowled a tournament-high 652 series, which included a 241 game. Teammate Paige Podlaszuk had a 561 series. Flat Rock’s Lindsay Risden had a 221 game and 587 series. Teammate Holly McQuithey rolled a 225 game and 572 series.

Huron was seeded 10th after the girls qualifying round. Other area teams participating in the tournament were Romulus (13), Woodhaven (15) and Truman (18).

The Huron girls won the junior varsity championship, defeating Canton. Freshman Brianna Pischke’s 142 was the high game. Her Huron teammates included Jaime Nickel, Katie Pritula, Miranda Beltran, Julia Jentis and Jordynn Reitz.

Huron bowlers competed on two teams in the junior varsity boys’ tournament.

The “A” team qualified first with 3605 pins and then finished runner-up to jayvee champion Canton. Huron’s Kyran Bennett had both the high game (256) and high series (645) of the junior varsity tournament.

The Huron “B” team placed sixth in qualifying. Roosevelt was fourth and Gabriel Richard was 10th.

Last Updated: 1/25/2013 3:39:18 PM EST

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