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February 18, 2014

Lakeview boys, girls bowling teams repeat as MAC Blue champs

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Lakeview boys, girls bowling teams repeat as MAC Blue champs
The St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys and girls bowling teams have both won two straight MAC Blue Division crowns. Pictured is Huskies junior Molly Krist during a Jan. 15 match.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys bowling team locked up its second straight Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title with a win over St. Clair Shores South Lake Feb. 10, and coach Alan Wyzlic is quick to acknowledge what made that possible.

Wyzlic, whose team sat at 11-0-1 at press time, said the performance of seniors Mitch Cunha and Justin Bashaw played a major role in the team’s success.

“They’re both four-year bowlers, and their development has been amazing,” Wyzlic said. “Those two, and everyone else on the team, really had a knack for making the big throws when we needed them.

“We’ve just been able to have a couple of really good years.”

Huskies girls bowling coach Robert Owen is in his second year with the program. He’s guided Lakeview’s girls team to back-to-back division titles.

Owen said the play of sophomore Krysta Peirce and junior Molly Kryst has been a catalyst for his team’s success. Peirce led the MAC Blue in average at 186 per game, improving by 20 pins from last season.

“The team struggled for about eight years, previously,” Owen said. “We’ve been fortunate to have some really good bowlers the last two years.”

Lakeview’s girls team (11-1 at press time) is ranked eighth in the state by the Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association.

Both coaches are eying deep runs in the state tournament, and both will compete in a Division 1 regional tournament Feb. 21-22 at at Woodhaven Lanes in Woodhaven with 15 other teams.

Wyzlic said qualifying for the state finals would be a feather in his team’s cap. To qualify, teams need a top-three finish. Individuals need a top-10 regional finish to move on to the finals.

Owen said his girls would relish the opportunity to compete in the state finals, which is set for Feb. 28-March 1 at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights.

“I think we have the team and the talent to make a run,” Owen said. “That’s what we’re looking to do.”

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