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  • The Flat Rock High School varsity girls' team had four bowlers compete in the singles state finals- the most of any Downriver team. Those four were Holly McQuithey (left), Kayle Jackson, Lindsay Quednau and Jordan Bonner. This photo was taken after the girls qualified during the D3 regional tournament at Flat Rock Lanes. Photo by Dave Gorgon

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State championships escaped Downriver high school bowlers as teams and singles performers finished the season last weekend in the state finals.

Division 1

No Downriver bowlers advanced past the qualifying block of the Division 1 state finals at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights.

Roosevelt sophomore Cory Coffey came the closest, missing the cut by just four pins in the singles finals on Saturday. In six qualifying games, Coffey totaled 1313 pins – an average of 219 per game –good for 18th place in the singles competition. Only the top 16 made the cut. Coffey’s high game of the day was 253.

The Woodhaven High School girls team placed 18th on Friday and three members of the team were in the mix in the singles competition on Saturday. Senior Serena Belanger placed 38th in the qualifying round with a six-game series of 1133. Freshman Hannah Hatala placed 46th with a 1098 series – 19 pins more than classmate Megan Valentic, who was 49th.

Division 2

Members of the Kennedy High School boys team had their best finish in school history, making it to the final four of the Division 2 tournament at Century Lanes in Waterford.

The Eagles were seeded second to Flint Kearsley among 18 teams after the qualifying round of eight Baker games and two regular games with a score of 3451. The top eight teams advanced.

In the quarterfinals, the Eagles knocked out Owosso, 1481-1318 (two Baker games, one regular game). But their season came to an end at the hands of Marysville, 1394-1230. Marysville wound up runner-up to state champion Kearsley.

The Kennedy girls team finished 10th in the qualifying round with a 2972.

Trenton junior David Owens had the best showing among Downriver bowlers in Saturday’s singles competition. He placed second in the qualifying block with a six-game series of 1354. All six of his games were over 200, including a high game of 253.

Sixteen of the 60 bowlers qualified for the round of 16, where Owens defeated Noah Pierce of Fruitport in a two-game, total-pins series match, 435-415. Owens’ season came to an end in the quarterfinals, where he fell short against Cody Vincent of Owosso, 432-305.

Six area male bowlers were unable to advance past the qualifying round. Annapolis senior Leon Hutchcraft, a Taylor resident, finished 19th, just 10 pins short of making the round of 16, with a six-game series of 1205.

The other five were Huron junior Tony Leo, who was 27th (with a 1167 series); Huron junior Jeremy Bonner, 29th (1157); Kennedy junior Tyler Heaberlin, 31st (1136); Kennedy sophomore Mike Jones, 51st (1045); and Truman senior Rhys Hamilton, 52nd (1042). One of Bonner’s games was a 247.

In the Division 2 girls singles finals, Kennedy juniors Alyssa Segura and Morgan Alexis finished 30th and 37th, respectively. Segura rolled a six-game series of 1066; Alexis bowled a 1015 series.

Division 3

The Flat Rock High School girls varsity bowling team made it to the final four in the Division 3 state finals in Friday, falling just two victories shy of winning a state championship.

The Rams earned a seventh seed in the qualifying block of eight Baker games and two regular games, finishing with a series of 2890. They knocked out Battle Creek Pennfield in the quarterfinal, 1155-1092. The match included two Baker games and one regular game. But they fell short in the semifinals against Ishpeming, 1208-1080. Ishpeming finished runner-up to state champion Croswell-Lexington in the finals.

The Flat Rock boys team placed 17th in the qualifying round. Only the top eight teams advanced to the quarterfinals.

Four Flat Rock girls competed in the singles state finals on Saturday – the most of any Downriver team. Senior Holly McQuithey placed sixth in the qualifying round of six games with a series of 1162, including a high game of 222. She advanced to the round of 16, where she was defeated in a two-game, total-pins match by Victoria Bender of Croswell-Lexington, 356-272.

Flat Rock sophomore Kayla Jackson placed 37th in the qualifying round (with a series of 967). Sophomore Jordan Bonner was 44th (937). Senior Lindsay Quednau was 49th (907).

Two Flat Rock boys also competed on Saturday. Freshman Wendell Rowland placed 51st with a six-game series of 1000. Junior Tyler Jackson was 58th with a 934 series. Only the top 16 bowlers advanced to the next round.

Division 4

Gabriel Richard’s defense of its 2013 Division 4 state championship came to a halt in the semifinals of the 2014 state finals on Friday at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek.

The Pioneers earned a fifth seed after eight Baker games and two regular games in the qualifying round, finishing with a 3133 score. In the quarterfinals, they defeated Rogers City, 1210-1150. The match included two Baker games and one regular game.

However, in the final-four matchup, Gabriel Richard fell short against Ithaca, 1232-1106. Ithaca went on to lose to state champion Jonesville in the finals.

Three Pioneers competed in the singles state finals on Saturday. Sophomore Austin Kraemer qualified as the 15th seed with a six-game series of 1086. Kraemer defeated Zack Isaacs of Kalamazoo Hackett in a quarterfinal head-to-head match of two games, total pins, 278-274.

In the semifinals, Kraemer fell six pins short of advancing, dropping a 379-373 match to Zach Fenby of St. Louis. Fenby went on to finish runner-up to state champion Kyle Tuttle of St. Charles.

Gabriel Richard senior Zach Barr placed 19th in the qualifying round with a six-game series of 1072 – just 14 pins away from advancing. Senior Christian O’Callaghan placed 47th in the qualifying round with a 976 series.

Last Updated: 3/6/2014 10:01:52 PM EST