Boys bowling stays hot over freezing weekend

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Boys bowling stays hot over freezing weekend

The boys bowling team celebrates its first place performance on Sunday, Jan. 20.

The boys bowling team celebrates its first place performance on Sunday, Jan. 20.

IMAGE / Mrs. Stephanie Langworthy

The boys bowling team celebrates its first place performance on Sunday, Jan. 20.

IMAGE / Mrs. Stephanie Langworthy

IMAGE / Mrs. Stephanie Langworthy

The boys bowling team celebrates its first place performance on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Like in all sports, bowling teams can have streaks.

Fortunately for the Kearsley faithful, the boys bowling team continued its hot streak, beating Swartz Creek 22-8 on Saturday, Jan. 19, and taking first place in the Metro Conference Championship Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 20.

On Saturday, the Dragons took the first Baker game 151-127, while the Hornets buzzed their way to a five-pin victory in the second.

Creek won the combined total by 19 pins and took a slim 6-4 lead.

This was enough to spur the Kearsley team into action, as seven of its 10 individual game totals were more than 200 pins.

Senior Kyle Langworthy, anchor, led the team with tallies of 243 and 230, while freshman Gage Slagor added in games of 235 and 224.

Also bowling well, junior Lawson Boshaw toppled 227 pins in his first game and 202 in his second.

In the tournament, the Hornets faced an assortment of Michigan teams.

To start, the Hornets faced Bay City Western, racking up a pin count of 1,102.

Boshaw and senior Devin Smith led the team with performances of 257 and 240, respectively.

Next on the schedule was Cadillac, and the team added another 1,072 pins to its total.

Leading his team, senior Nathan Maxwell knocked down 258 pins, while junior Ethan Burke chipped in 222.

Third on the docket was Birch Run.

The Hornets fired on all cylinders, with four bowlers marking scores higher than 200.

With a total pinfall of 3,298 in the individual sets, the team moved on to bowl for scores in Baker games, with the victor of each matchup earning a 20-pin bonus.

The team dropped its first match to Holt, only managing to knock down 184 pins.

Cadillac outhustled the Hornets, winning the match by 70 with its bonus.

Facing Davison, the team pulled the wind from beneath the Cardinals’ wings, winning 235-210.

With an outstanding performance, Lapeer zapped the Hornets 273-195.

IMAGE / Mrs. Stephanie Langworthy
Showcasing its hardware in a team photo, the boys bowling team celebrates its first place win in the Metro Conference Championship Tournament.

The Hornets raided Flushing in a crushing 257-193 victory.

Creek exacted revenge for Saturday’s loss, burning Kearsley in a 236-202 firefight.

Kearsley took on Bay City Western again in the Baker round, emerging victorious by a shocking 49 pins.

After this grueling trial by fire, the Hornets moved on to the playoffs with a tournament pinfall of 4,788. They would oppose Cadillac for the third time in the semifinals.

The Hornets had the last laugh against the Vikings, narrowly winning the first Baker 227-218 and sealing the deal with a 214-173 rout in the second.

Now all that stood between the Hornets and tournament gold was Lapeer.

Rising when it mattered, the Hornets won the first Baker 226-188.

To win it all, the Hornets delivered a 248-195 embarrassment of the Lightning.

With a league record of 9-2, the Hornets are tied with Flushing for second in the Metro League.

Kearsley will face Linden in their next match Saturday, Jan. 26.

The last time the team faced Linden was Wednesday, Jan. 16, and the Hornets knocked the Eagles out of the sky 30-0.

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