GH boys bowlers win regional title for first time since 2006

Tribune Staff • Updated Feb 27, 2016 at 12:57 AM

The Grand Haven boys bowling team opened Friday’s Division 1 bowling team regionals at Lincoln Lanes in Grand Rapids with a lukewarm start, finishing fourth after six rounds of Baker games.

The Bucs’ boys quickly caught fire heading into the regular game rounds, climbing from fourth to first after rounds of 995 and 1,122 in the first two regular games. Grand Haven didn’t close out the final regular game as strong as they started the round, but it’s score of 895 was enough to secure the Bucs’ first regional title since 2006 and qualify the team for its third consecutive trip to the state finals.

The Bucs finished with team total of 4,185, while Hudsonville (4,098) and Grandville (4,080) also qualified for the state finals.

“I was happy that the boys bowled well in Bakers because that has been their weakness the entire season,” said Grand Haven coach Pat Mitchell. “I knew the regular games are usually our strength and we were able to show that today. I was very happy with the day, but we had some issues we needed to over come. A.J. Perrier, Joel Collins, Jimmy Mitchell, Maverick Green, Logan Batka, and Kieran Loughrin all did their part in todays win.”

GH girls fall short of qualifying

The Grand Haven girls bowling team struggled out of the gate at Friday’s Division 1 team regionals, and ultimately fell 25 pins short of qualifying for the Division 1 state finals.

The Bucs made up some ground in the first regular game with a 799 score, but struggled in the second with a 786. They finished the third and final game with a 837 (second-best in the round), but it wasn’t enough to overcome the slow start.

“We feel bad for them because they had a remarkable season, winning four invites and conference,” said Mitchell. “They worked hard, but sometimes that's the way it goes. Breanna Olthof lead the girls with support from Kaleigh Batka, Meagan Batka, Autumn Ray, Becca Hatinger, Rhiannon Parise and Makayla Snodgrass.”

Both teams will take part in the Division 1 individual regionals today at Lincoln Lanes. The girls event begins at 9 a.m., while the boys start at 1 p.m.

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