Bowlers head to state meet this weekend

March 2, 2011 —

The Hudson High School boy’s bowling team had a great showing as a team and as individuals at the regional meet held last weekend at Airport Lanes in Jackson. Hudson won the regional team championship with a solid performance as they put on a great show. Senior Brian Crater led the way with sophomore Troy Brown right behind. The Tigers won the team regional on Friday upsetting a couple of teams that came in highly ranked including local favorite Vandercook Lake who will not be advancing onto the team state finals meet. Vandy was competing on its home lanes but still that wasn’t enough to advance them to the state meet. Hudson was first at the team regional scoring 3782 points to outdo Napoleon with 3774 pins. By comparison last year in 2010 the Tigers totaled 3801 pins. Taking third this year at the regional was Grass Lake with 3763 pins. Vandercook Lake was rated high in the state rankings but they were fourth with 3597 pins and will not be advancing on to the state team finals.

In 2010 the boys tied for third place in the state meet and the expectations are a bit higher this year coming off of the regional crown last Friday. “We have a chance to do very well at the state meet and we should be able to finish very high,” said Tiger head coach Mike Brown, who noted Vandercook came in highly ranked but will be staying home. “We bowled really well at the regional and if we can continue to bowl like that we have a chance to do some great things at the state meet.” It should also be noted the boys won their conference title the weekend before taking the regular season crown. In the conference tournament they were runner-up to Sand Creek.

Hudson will compete starting on Friday morning at the Division 4 state team finals meet at Sunnybroook Lanes in Sterling Heights. The first ball will be dropped at 8;30 a.m.

Then next Saturday morning two Tiger individuals will compete in the annual singles championship. Hudson will be led by regional individual champion senior standout Crater who won the crown last Saturday at Airport Lanes. Crater racked up 1259 pins in six baker games for an average of about 212 pins per match. Troy Brown placed tenth to just make the cut to the individual finals where the top ten bowlers advance from the reginal event. “We will be sending two individuals and both have a good shot at doing very well in that event,” said Brown.

For the boys team they will take six individuals to compete at the team event on Friday. Crater and Brown will be helped out by freshman Andrew Wilmoth, junior Matthew Wright, sophomore Joseph Borck and junior Jeffrey Graham. Good Luck to these bowling Tigers as they compete for a possible team state championship!

On the girls side of the lanes the Lady Tigers were sixth at the team regional last Friday. They were unable to qualify anyone for the individual state finals. The weekend before the team was third at the conference meet with sophomore Hannah Schoonover placing second in the conference individual meet. This concludes the high school bowling season for the girl’s team.