In just their third year of existence, the Cadillac boys bowling team finished #2 overall in the state for Division 2. What an awesome accomplishment!
The team portion took place on Friday. There were 18 teams to start and the format was eight baker games (players take turns bowling two frames each) and two individual games. After the first baker set, the top 8 advance — the Vikings (consisting of Kyle Perry, Kyle Vermilyea, Korbin Keller, Dylan Vermilyea, and Connor Putman) were number 8. They stayed there after the second set before moving to 7th after the third set. The Vikings jumped to second after the fourth set but remained out of first place by 140 pins. As they began singles play, Cadillac cut the lead to 60 pins and moved into first place by the end of the second singles set. Korbin Keller led the team with individual games of 248 and 246.
Bracket play began in the afternoon with Cadillac as the #1 seed, facing off against #8 seed Ferndale. The Vikings advanced to the Final Four with a 1284-1163 victory. Next up, they met defending state champion, New Boston Huron. Cadillac knocked them out of the tournament with a 1313-1287 win – putting them in the state championship game against Jackson Northwest. The Mounties ultimately got the better of the Vikings by just 20 pins to claim the state title.
On Saturday, Cadillac had three boys compete in the individual state finals. The day started off with 60 bowlers with only the top 16 qualifying for match play. Korbin Keller unfortunately did not make the cut — but brothers Kyle and Dylan Vermilyea did. Kyle moved on as the #2 seed while Dylan was the #6 seed. Each match play consisted of two games. After the first game, Dylan was only down by 3 pins to Alex Triggs of Owosso but could not recover and was knocked out of the tournament. Kyle faced off with a bowler from Jackson Northwest – Kyle held a 20 pin lead after the first game and extended it to 50 pins by the end to advance to the Elite Eight. Next, he matched up against Dan Frey of Grand Rapids Northview. Kyle ended up falling by 29 pins in the end, placing him fifth overall in the state for Division 2. He earned All-State honors for the third year in a row while Dylan earned Second Team honors.
Cadillac graduates seven seniors: Kyle Vermilyea, Kyle Perry, and Korbin Keller for the boys — and Erin Foster, Olivia Bush, Jessica Gottleber, and Eddie Kelsey for the girls team. Congratulations on an outstanding career — and thank you for your dedication to helping get the bowling program off to a successful start!