Ishpeming-Negaunee shows strength at bowling regionals

MARQUETTE – Ishpeming-Negaunee will send at least a dozen bowlers while Westwood has one lone representative going to the MHSAA state bowling finals to be held downstate Friday and Saturday.

These bowlers advanced after qualifying at the regional tournaments held at other Lower Peninsula sites over the weekend.

The Hematites qualified six-person teams in both boys and girls Division 3 competition on Friday morning, while three individuals will participate in the companion singles championships on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Westwood advanced one of its girl bowlers – junior Amanda Prophet -to Saturday’s Division 4 individual finals.

With separate boys and girls events, the top three teams and top 10 individuals advance to the state finals from each region in each division.

Four area teams participated in three divisions – Marquette in Division 2 at Bay City, I-N in Division 3 at Cheboygan and Westwood and L’Anse in Division 4 at Traverse City.

Here is a breakdown of the results by division:

Division 3

The two I-N teams and Hematites juniors Matt Kilberg, Tyler Windahl and Kaytlynne Carlson travel to Airport Lanes in Jackson later this week.

The Hematites scored 3,450 to finish second by 100 pins to host Cheboygan in team girls competition.

Each school bowled six Baker-style games, where the five teammates alternate frames to come up single-game scores, then each of the five competitors bowled three regular games.

Though individual results weren’t available, Ishpeming totaled 895 in the Baker round, then shot games of 844, 841 and 870 in the regular round.

The Ishpeming boys also came in second with 4,042, 324 pins behind regional champ Pinconning.

The I-N boys had 1,173 in Baker, including a 253 opener, and shot regular games of 947, 949 and 973.

In singles, where each bowler rolled six games, Kilberg was third in a field of 93 with 1,249, including a 268 game, while Windahl was eighth with 1,200, including 235.

Carlson was second among girls with 1,150, six pins behind regional champ Kayla Sheltrown of Ogemaw Heights. Carlson had top games of 236 and 202.

Junior teammate Kirk Guckenberg just missed advancing in boys singles, three pins out of the top 10 in 11th.

Girls teammate Jamie Olson, also a junior, was 15th and missed the cut by 32.

Division 4

Prophet was fifth in girls singles with 962, including a 216, to qualify for the state finals at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights.

Junior teammate Kathryn Kulju was 17th with 851 and?junior Kendra Musselman was 18th with 844.

Top girls finisher from L’Anse was senior Heather Mensch, 29th with 761.

The Patriot girls team shot 2,926 to finish fourth, missing the finals cut by 40 pins behind St. Ignace. L’Anse was eighth with 2,245.

For the boys, L’Anse was seventh with 2,866, Westwood ninth with 2,794.

In singles with the cut at 1,060, freshman Joe Hansen of L’Anse was 27th with 885 and senior Mackenzie Ross of Westwood 28th with 884.

Division 2

Marquette senior Andrew Virch came closest to reaching the state finals, coming in 13th to miss the boys singles cut by 16 pins with 1,070. Junior Austin Du-pras was 18th with 1,033, and sophomore Justin Flood 23rd with 1,016.

In girls singles, MSHS junior Brianna Holm was 37th with 873 and junior teammate Hannah Crampton was 38th with 871.

In team, the Marquette boys were seventh with 3,342, while the Redette girls were 11th with 2,651.