Varsity Bowling · Boys Varsity Bowling finishes runner up at state finals

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Cadillac High School 2nd 3532

We set lofty goals for this season. We’ve had our ups and downs but at the end of the day we’ve handled ourselves well all season. And while the final result is certainly not what we were after, we ultimately finished runner up at the state finals.
There were 18 teams to start and the format was 8 baker games and 2 regular games. We got out of the gate a little slower than I would have liked. After the first baker set we were the cut number in 8th. We remained 8th after the next set, before moving to 7th after the third set. The fourth baker set we really got it going and moved all the way up to second but we’re still 140 pins out of first. We put our nose to the grindstone and went to work in the singles games. We cut the lead to just 60 pins after the first singles game and at the end of qualifying we moved out way into the lead. Korbin Keller was clutch for us shooting games of 248 and 246 for 494. The team overall was a little up and down but everyone threw big shots in huge moments.
The match play format was 2 baker games and one regular game. The first round of match play pitted us against the 8th seeded Ferndale. We never really let them into the match as every time they would put a run together so did we. I was really happy with how the boys responded to the pressure of the moment.
Next up was a match with the defending state champion New Boston Huron. They’ve been ranked number one in the state for the entire season and have a really solid team. We bowled pretty well in the baker portion and held a 23 pin lead heading into the singles game. It was a back and forth battle but we took control of the match in the 7th frame until a late push by Huron to get the game within a few pins. Our boys once more rose to the challenge and held off the surge to punch their ticket to the finals.
In the finals we faced off against Jackson Northwest. We again got off to a good start and held a lead after the baker games, but it was just 9 pins. After a back and forth battle, we just seemed to run out of gas and fell just short of the title by a mere 20 pins.
It’s been a great season coaching these young men. It’s just now setting in that I won’t coach these seniors again after the singles portion. We’ll certainly miss them but we will always celebrate the foundation they’ve laid for this program. Hats off to Kyle Vermilyea, Kyle Perry, and Korbin Keller. It’s certainly been an honor to coach all of them.