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Grand Haven bowlers edge rival Hudsonville

Tribune Staff • Jan 26, 2016 at 12:30 AM

The Grand Haven boys and girls bowling teams hoped to ride the wave of momentum of their East Kentwood invitational win into their O-K Red conference showdown with Hudsonville on Monday.

The Haven girls were determined to hand Hudsonville (3-0-1) its first loss of the season. After losing the first Baker game, the Grand Haven girls turned the tables to win the second Baker game and secure a 6-4 lead heading into the regular games.

In the first regular game, the Bucs used big games from Breanna Olthof (248) and Autumn Ray (192) to establish a 12.5-6.5 lead heading into the final game. Hudsonville bounced back to win the second regular game by 20 pins, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead as Grand Haven held on for the 17.5-12.5 win.

The Bucs boys team lost the first Baker game 183-165, but took the second round 193-158 to take a 6-4 lead heading into the regular games.

In the first regular game, the match was tied heading into the tenth frame. Hudsonville was able to close the frame with a 1,021-981 win, taking an 11-8 lead in the match.

The second game appeared to be headed towards a similar outcome until the Grand Haven boys proceeded to knock down 10 consecutive strikes and finished the match with 18 of 20 strikes, for a 1,187-1,017 win.

Jimmy Mitchell (279) lead Grand Haven in the second game, while Brennan Batka (257), Joel Collins (232), Keiran Loughrin (224), and A.J. Perrier (195) rounded out the scoring for the Bucs.

The final regular game win pushed the Bucs ahead of the Eagles for an 18-12-match victory. Both the second game and total match pins by the Grand Haven boys team are in the top 10 for state recognized scores on the season. The Bucs boys move to 4-2 for the conference matches in a tie with Hudsonville for the top spot.

Both Bucs teams will head to the Zeeland Invite on Saturday.

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