Off day for Bucs' bowlers

Haven boys, girls bowling teams fall to Hudsonville
Matt DeYoung
Jan 16, 2014

Last week, Grand Haven’s varsity boys bowlers turned in some of the best scores recorded by any team in the state.

On Wednesday, that magic was missing as the Buccaneers came up short against Hudsonville, 22-8, at Starlite Lanes.

“Our spare shooting wasn’t good, and our decision making, we really struggled with it,” said Bucs’ coach Pat Mitchell, whose team lost for the first time in four matches. “We weren’t communicating well with each other, and the Eagles bowled really well.”

Decision making and communication aren’t terms typically associated with bowling, but Mitchell said in the high school game, bowlers have to pay attention to how their teammates’ balls are reacting to the lane conditions.

“They’re responsible for paying attention to what the bowling ball does, how it hooks,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been on top of that, but we weren’t sharp with it today.”

In the girls’ competition, a young Buccaneers’ squad got off to a great start, taking all 10 Baker points, but Hudsonville stormed back to win 18 of the 20 regular-game points en route to an 18-12 victory.

“We started out strong, then we fell apart,” said coach Angela Mitchell, whose team is now 2-2.

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