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January 22, 2014

East Detroit High bowling coaches focusing on postseason

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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East Detroit High bowling coaches focusing on postseason
East Detroit High girls bowling coach Cheryl DeFrance believes senior Alyssa Komlenovich is primed for a second straight trip to the state finals. Komlenovich is pictured during a Jan. 15 match against Warren Woods Tower.
The East Detroit High boys bowling team has already surpassed last season’s win total. Pictured is Shamrocks senior Chad Sikorski during the match against Warren Woods Tower.
 

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High bowling coaches Cheryl DeFrance and Michael Reeber believe players on the boys’ and girls’ teams have the talent and skills to make a run to the 2014 Division 1 state finals.

DeFrance and Reeber tapped seniors Alyssa Komlenovich, Chad Sikorski and Sarah Corbit, along with juniors Will Dyrval and Andrew Whitlow, as bowlers who could end up at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights Feb. 28-March 1 for the individual state finals.

Komlenovich qualified for the state finals last season.

“They all really work on their games,” said DeFrance, whose girls team sat at 2-4 at press time. All of the team’s matches have been against Macomb Area Conference Blue Division foes. The Shamrocks’ girls team has won the last two MAC Blue titles.

“We couldn’t be prouder of them. Those (five bowlers) have a great chance to get to the finals if they take the game seriously.”

Both teams will battle 15 other squads in a D-1 regional either Feb. 21 or Feb. 22 at Woodhaven Lanes in Woodhaven. East Detroit’s last team to qualify for the state finals was its girls in 2012. That team finished in 10th place.

The Shamrocks’ girls team is having a bit of a down year. DeFrance said her bowlers are continuously working to improve their games. She said the girls must step up their work ethics, though.

East Detroit’s girls return four bowlers from last season’s team in senior Sarah Corbit and Komlenovich, and juniors Rebecca Zilinski and Ashlee Gebstadt. DeFrance also has a couple of players who bowled with the JV squad last year.

High school bowling is played baker style, where a 10-frame game is played by five team members.

“It’s hard to perform week after week,” DeFrance said. “We’re still working on some things. It’s been a little disappointing because we won the league last year. I think that’s just the competitor in me.”

The boys team (3-3) has already surpassed last season’s win total.

Reeber, with three players returning from last season’s team, said the experience of competing last year has helped his players. East Detroit’s boys team also features two freshmen, Matthew Dyrval and Nathan Hunter, and sophomore Brendan Erskin, who bowled with the JV last year.

“We only have one senior,” Reeber said. “The upperclassmen have helped out a lot with bringing the younger bowlers along. That should help us going forward.”

East Detroit next hits the lanes for a matchup against St. Clair Shores Lakeview at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at Shores Lanes in St. Clair Shores.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.