Jimmy Mitchell and Meagan Bakta both advanced via third-place finishes at this past weekend’s individual regional at AMF Lincoln Lanes in Grand Rapids.
Mitchell started Saturday with a 148, but settled down, turning in nothing less than a 205 the rest of the way. The junior’s 258 in the third game helped get him to the plus side.
This is Mitchell’s third trip to the state meet in as many years for singles.
Batka was the only Grand Haven girl to qualify for the state meet.
The junior remained in the top 10 for the entire day. Batka finished her last game strong, throwing a 235 to bump her up a few more places.
Maverick Green, who was a last minute addition, ended up in 13th place, just 19 pins out of the top 10, which would have advanced him to state.
“The kids had a good year and we were hoping for more representatives for singles, but it can be difficult out there,” said Grand Haven coach Pat Mitchell. “We teach the kids a lot of things and in this environment, we like to see how they do by applying what they learn. Sometimes, they just don't click with the lanes, and due to varying circumstances, they don't make it. It becomes a battlefield out there as some kids are in the top 10 and have a bad game that causes them to miss the cut. Others excel more under pressure and they advance. It's the nature of the beast.”
Two WMC bowlers also advance as individuals
Two Western Michigan Christian bowlers qualified for the state finals after competing in Saturday’s Div. 4 regional at Pinz Bowling Alley in Kalamazoo.
Jessica Kinnucan finished with a six-game series of 959 for second place, while Nick Laham rolled a 1,034.
Kinnucan’s high game was a 193, while Laham’s high was a 202.
There was a one-game roll off for the boys to determine who advanced to the finals. Laham rolled a 188 against his opponent’s 168 to clinch his spot.
Kinnucan and Laham will compete next Saturday in the state finals at Royal Scot in Lansing.
Kaylee Pearce came just four spots shy of the state finals, finishing 14th with 799 pins.