Grand Haven’s varsity girls bowling squad continues to show tremendous improvement on the lanes, as they improved to 2-4 this season following a 16-4 win over O-K Red Conference rival East Kentwood at Starlite Lanes in Grand Haven.
“They have been increasing their regular game totals by more than 25 percent,” said head coach Angela Mitchell.
After a close battle in the baker format, in which Grand Haven captured six of 10 points, the Bucs were able to win the first regular game despite losing three of five individual games. Grand Haven’s 703 score in Game 1 was aided by a season-best showing from Libby Liebertz, who recorded a 185. The Bucs also picked up a point from Andrea Cherry with her 144 effort.
Grand Haven picked up their performance in Game 2, as they took four individual points and the overall scoring advantage, 715-627.
Cherry had another strong effort with a 161 game to lead the Bucs, while Gina Hartwell’s 156 game earned another point. Liebertz also earned a point with her 138 game, as did Alysha Krakhofer with a total of 126.
Grand Haven’s boys continued to struggle in baker games, but managed to win both games and secure a vital 10 points against the Falcons. That early surge led the way for a Bucs’ 12-8 victory.
Grand Haven also improves to 2-4 this season.
The first regular game was another battle, as East Kentwood outrolled the Bucs, 961-940, but Grand Haven managed individual points from Cameron Dennings (200) and Justin White (226).
After head coach Pat Mitchell made some changes in the lineup, Grand Haven dominated in Game 2, beating the Falcons 915-878 overall and earning four individual points. The only player not to score was actually the Bucs’ high-scorer, with Shamar Stailey rolling a 194. Scoring for the Bucs were Kaleb Schmidt (193), Keith Reuterdahl (152), Jack Clark (188), and White (188).
Grand Haven travels to the Hudsonville Invitational on Saturday, where the boys will look to continue their strong play in tournament formats.
“Our boys have faired well in invitationals this year, qualifying in the top 3 teams in each of the events, but winning has eluded them,” Pat Mitchell said.