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BOWLING: Huron wins Bowl for Burns tournament (PHOTOS)
Huron boys won the Bowl for Burns ¬– two tournament titles in eight days. Kneeling are Jeremy Bonner (left), Josh Coffee and Paul White. Standing are Coach Larry Collins, Anthony Munoz, Tony Leo and Tyler Scicluna. Missing from the photo is Coach Terry Bonner.
The Anderson girls bowling team finished runner-up in the Bowl for Burns at Parkway Lanes in Trenton. The team includes Coach Sean Sevrence (left), Hailie Clawson, Angela Rodriguez, Paige Podlaszuk, Natasha Nelson, Marissa Williams and Coach John Burke.
The Kennedy girls finished third at the Bowl for Burns Tournament in Trenton. The team includes Coach Dan Dutcher (left), Morgan Alexis, Alyssa Segura, June Bedo, Rebecca West, Andrea Claypool and Melissa Woloszyk.
The Kennedy boys bowling team finished third in the Bowl for Burns at Parkway Lanes. Kneeling are Klayton Williams (left), Lucas Crider, Timothy Green and Jeremy Bedo. Standing are Coach Annette DeLong, Ryan Scully, Michael Jones, Cody West, Coleman Kirk, Christopher DeLong and Tyler Heaberlin.
A week after winning the Wayne County tournament in Dearborn Heights, the Chiefs rolled to the championship Bowl for Burns at Parkway Lanes in Trenton.
Huron was at or near the top of the Bowl for Burns scoreboard all day long, The Chiefs defeated Monroe in the finals, 255-161, 180-126.
Monroe won the girls tournament, edging Anderson for the title, 203-157, 131-151. Kennedy took third in both the boys and girls events.
The tournament called for the members of each team to bowl Baker games all day long. Instead of bowling 10 frames per bowler as in a normal game, a Baker game requires the five bowlers on a team to bowl two frames apiece. The lead-off bowler rolls frames one and six, the second bowler rolls frame two and seven, and so on.
Huron entered five teams in the tournament: three in the 17-team boys division and two more in the 13-team girls division. Each team bowled 12 Baker games in the opening qualifying round.
The top Huron boys team led for much of the first round before settling for third with 2145 pins over the 12 games. Belleville earned the top seed with 2180 pins, followed by Kennedy, which had games of 229 and 230 to close out the qualifying round and wound up with 2163.
The top eight teams in the first round advanced to the final round bracket where they competed in best-two-out-of-three, head-to-head matches.
Huron ousted sixth-seeded Wyandotte in three Baker games. The match came down to the 10th frame of the third game when Huron anchor Tony Leo threw a strike to earn a six-pin victory.
Meanwhile, Kennedy eliminated city rival Truman, fourth-seeded Trenton defeated Carlton Airport and eighth-seeded Monroe upset Belleville.
In the semifinals, Huron lost its opener to Kennedy before rallying for two straight wins. Leo’s mark in the 10th again sealed the win. Monroe defeated Trenton in the other final-four contest.
The championship match was never in doubt as the Chiefs rolled seven straight strikes against Monroe en route to a 255-180, 161-126 victory.
Joining Leo on the trophy-winning boys’ squad were Jeremy Bonner, Josh Coffee, Paul White, Anthony Munoz and Tyler Scicluna.
“This was definitely a team win,” said Huron Coach Larry Collins. “We had kids step up and throw key shots in every game. We were very consistent, which is all a coach can ask for – that and to come ready to bowl. They came here expecting to win or at least perform well. I told them if they laid an egg and didn’t qualify, last weekend was just a fluke.”
Collins said the Chiefs – who remain undefeated in the Huron League – bowled nine Baker games in practice earlier in the week, which made a difference during the weekend.
“We really focused on our spares,” Collins said. “The consistency was there. We missed a total of nine spares in 12 Baker games. It was a big difference from last week when we missed 21 one-pin spares.”
Collins said he entered five teams in the tournament to allow all of his bowlers to participate and because the price was right. He said the tournament featured what is known as a challenging “middle of the road” oil pattern on the lanes, which is what the bowlers will face in the state tournament.
“You have to tighten everything up and hit your mark,” Collins said. “It separates the good bowlers from the very good bowlers.”
In the girls division of the Bowl for Burns, Kennedy earned the No. 1 seed with 1937 pins, which included the tournament-high 265 during the fourth game. Belleville, was second, followed by Monroe, Anderson, Airport, Flat Rock, Trenton, and Romulus.
The top four seeds won their matches and advanced. In the semifinals, Anderson lost the opener to Kennedy, but came back to win the next two games, 146-161, 190-166 and 168-161.
Monroe ousted Belleville and then beat Anderson for the title, 203-131, 157-151.
Anderson Coach Sean Sevrence said he was very happy with the girls’ performance, calling the three-game match with Kennedy “a great battle” that went down to the 10th frame.
He said he relished the chance to bowl against Monroe, which the Titans will face in the post-season regional tournament later this year.
“If we finish 1-2 in the regionals, I’ll go to states with them – absolutely,” Sevrence said. “It was a great day. I’m so proud of them.”
Anderson’s lineup featured Paige Podlaszuk, Angela Rodriguez, Hailie Clawson, Natasha Nelson and Marissa Williams.
With two third-place finishes, Kennedy earned medals on both the boys and girls divisions of the tournament.
Coach Dan Dutcher said was happy with his teams’ performance throughout the day.
“There were a lot of ups and downs in the tournament and we faced good competition,” he said. “When we won, we won big. When we lost, we lost close.”
Kennedy, which remains undefeated in the combined Downriver League and Western Wayne Athletic Conference, has a history of performing very well – and even winning – in the Bowl for Burns. The Kennedy girls arrived as defending champions. The boys were runners-up a year ago.
The tournament raises funds to help support the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center in Ann Arbor. Trenton Coach Jeff Lizewski organizes the annual event.
Last Updated: 2/1/2013 4:27:42 PM EST