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Prep Roundup: GH bowling teams roll past Rockford

Tribune Staff • Jan 15, 2016 at 12:30 AM

Despite the cold weather and less-than-ideal driving conditions, the Grand Haven boys and girls bowling teams traveled to Rockford on Wednesday and heated up the bowling lanes.

The Bucs’ girls lost their first baker game, but adjusted their lineup to secure the second baker and baker total.  They continued to roll during the first regular game led by Meagan Batka’s 234. The girls continued on in the second game to put away Rockford's girls team with another strong game, which was lead by Breanna Olthof’s 222. The win advances the Grand Haven girls’ conference record to 3-0 on the season.

The Grand Haven boys ended their two-match skid by defeating Rockford's boys handily.  The Bucs’ boys got their first win in the baker games, taking all 10 points.  Grand Haven didn't stop there as they swept the first game, taking all nine points to seal the victory.  Joel Collins (257) and Logan Batka (222), along with Kieran Loughrin and A.J. Perrier led the way for the boys. GH won the second game only surrendering two points with a 28-2 win, bringing their conference record 1-2.

“It was fun to watch all the Grand Haven bowlers bowl,” said Grand Haven coach Pat Mitchell. “The day before, Rockford's coach contacted me and said that they would abandon the ’house’ oil pattern and put out the state oil pattern.  Rockford's decision to do so put smiles on our bowlers’ faces.  It definitely showed in their performances.

“I can't say enough of how proud I am of both teams.  They were very focused and relaxed while they were bowling. Over all the years of coaching at Grand Haven, I never heard the Rockford fans so quiet.”

WMC’s Snuffer invited to Elite Mile event

Western Michigan Christian senior Braxton Snuffer, who ran cross country and track at WMC, has been invited to run in the Elite Mile event this weekend. The event will be held during the MITS indoor meet at Grand Valley State University this coming Saturday at 1 p.m. The doors open at noon and the cost is $5.

A field of 14 runners has been invited in each of the boys and girls races, ranked by their current personal record time.

Snuffer will be attending Grand Valley State University next fall on a cross country and track scholarship.

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