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Kennedy's boys' and girls' teams swept the Bowl for Burns in Trenton last week. It was the second straight clean sweep for the red-hot Eagle teams. Photo by Dave Gorgon


BOWLING: Kennedy boys and girls sweep another tourney (PHOTO)

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For the second time in eight days, the Kennedy High School varsity bowling teams swept the boys and girls championships of a tournament.

A week after winning the Wayne County Tournament at Cherry Hill Lanes in Dearborn Heights, the Eagles took the Bowl for Burns Tournament on Saturday at Parkway Lanes in Trenton.

The Kennedy boys won the 18-team tournament with the all-Baker-games format by defeating runner-up Gabriel Richard in the finals, 217-215 and 248-213.

Kennedy defeated Monroe in the finals of the 14-team girls tournament. The first game (in the best of three set) was tied at 146-146 after 10 frames. The Eagles won a five-frame roll-off by eight pins, 83-75. They went on to win the second game, 177-148.

The tournament win was the third straight of the season for the Kennedy boys and the second straight for the Kennedy girls. Besides the county and Bowl for Burns events, the boys won the Huron Holiday Classic in December. The girls finished second in the Huron tourney.

The Bowl for Burns championship was the third in five years for the Eagles girls and the third in six years for the boys – making them the most successful teams in the tournament’s history.

The tournament success and the rest of the Downriver League season is good preparation for post-season play, according to the Eagles.

“This means the world,” said boys team senior captain Chris DeLong. “We essentially have two more tournaments to go: regionals and, if we qualify, states. This year is definitely the year that we have the best chance to qualify for states.

“We’ve just been so dominant this year. All of this is just a build-up to regionals. That’s number one. We can go 0-11 or whatever in our matches and then place in regionals and it’ll still be a great year.”

DeLong anchored the Eagles in the finals in a lineup that included Mike Jones, Coleman Kirk, Klayton Williams and Tyler Maffesoli. Also contributing throughout the day were Cody West, Jeremy Bedo, Tyler Heaberlin, Lucas Crider and Jacob Brophy.

Kennedy was seeded first in the 18-team field qualifying round with 2258 total pins. Rounding out the top eight teams were Belleville (2224), Wyandotte 1 (2183), Trenton (2177), Huron 1 (2150), Carleton Airport (2148), Gabriel Richard (2117) and Woodhaven Purple (2080).

Failing to qualify for the bracket round were Monroe (2057), Huron 2 (2049), Riverview (2023), Huron 3 (1985), Romulus (1957), Wyandotte 2 (1955), Truman (1813), Flat Rock (1787), Huron 4 (1576) and Woodhaven White (1485).

In the quarterfinals, Kennedy defeated Woodhaven Purple, bowling a 268 in the opener – the high Baker game of the day. Meanwhile, Huron 1 beat Trenton, seventh-seeded Gabriel Richard stunned second-seeded Belleville and Wyandotte 1 ousted Airport.

Kennedy beat Huron 1 in the semifinals, while Gabriel Richard beat Wyandotte 1, setting up the championship match. Wyandotte defeated Huron for third place.

In the girls’ division, Kennedy (1977) finished second to Belleville 1 (2133) in the 14-team qualifying round. Also advancing were Woodhaven Purple (1944), Monroe (1921), Riverview (1837), Flat Rock (1774), Trenton (1756) and Belleville 2 (1660).

Falling short were Huron 1 (1631), Truman (1504), Huron 2 (1435), Gabriel Richard (1395), Huron 3 (1288) and Woodhaven White (1278).

In the quarterfinals, Kennedy defeated Trenton, Monroe beat Riverview, Belleville 1 eliminated Belleville 2 and Flat Rock topped Woodhaven Purple.

In the semifinals, Kennedy defeated Flat Rock, while Monroe stunned Belleville 1, setting up the championship round. Belleville bounced back to defeat Flat Rock for third place.

In the lineup for the bracket round for the Eagles were Melissa Woloczyk, Alyssa Segura, Andrea Claypool, Becca West and Morgan Alexis. Also contributing throughout the tournament were Anna Hudak, June Bedo and Kylie Reno.

“I think we all had strong points and all had struggles throughout the day,” Claypool said. “We’ve been practicing a lot and it all came out. Sometimes we have a switch and it came on. Once we made it to the brackets, our switch turned on and we fired up.”

The tournament was bowled on a middle-of-the-road oil pattern, which is the same pattern used in the state tournament, but is often more challenging than the house pattern used for the first half or so of the season. Kennedy girls Coach Dan Dutcher said the Eagles had practiced on the new pattern only two weeks prior to the tournament and the day was more challenging than most.

“Today was the toughest day that we’ve had as a group this year, even though we finished as the number two seed in the qualifying round,” he said. “It didn’t feel like we had it all together the whole day.

“We still need a lot of tuning. We will probably roll the rest of the year at our house on the middle-of-the-road shot. Our first mission really is to finish the conference as conference champions. That hasn’t been completed yet.”

Nonetheless, Kennedy boys Coach Annette DeLong called sweeping both championships of two straight championships “a great fete.”

“It shows the drive the kids have to want to keep their record going. Their goal is to fill up the trophy case with trophies.

“We still have to keep our heads on straight. We have to gear up for the rest of the season and then the regionals.”

Last Updated: 1/28/2014 4:25:32 PM EST