The Sturgis bowling teams had a busy weekend. They competed in three tournaments in three days
It started at the Bronson Invitational on Friday. There, the Trojan boys took second place and fell to Niles in the final of the baker’s tournament. The girls finished in third place.
The boys qualified third with a total of 1,875 pins across 12 baker games.
In the semifinals, Sturgis defeated second-seeded Portage Central with wins of 190-184 and 147-146. In the final, Niles, placed fourth, won in three matches. The Vikings won the first game 174-123 and the third game 190-178. Sturgis won the middle, 173-98.
The girls also qualified third overall, with a total of 1,467 in 12 baker games. In the opening round, they faced Bronson, who defeated SHS 131-127 and 153-117. In the consolation final, Sturgis defeated Portage Central 127-103, 118-150 and 142-124 to take third.
On Saturday, the Sturgis teams traveled to Adrian to participate in the Adrian Madison Baker Bash.
Both teams finished fourth on the day. The boys qualified first after 12 baker games, but dropped the opening round knockout knockout to Adrian Madison. Those scores were a 165-139 win, but a 208-167 defeat in the second game, Madison advanced with a total pin win of 347-332.
Sturgis advanced to the consolation final, dropping a 211-151, 202-156 decision against Grass Lake.
The girls qualified fourth overall at Madison. They lost in the opening round to Grass Lake 135-111 and 135-132, moving them to the consolation final. There, SHS won the first baker’s game 160-158, but lost the second 124-101 to beat 282-261.
Sturgis competed in the Flint Metro Conference Open on Sunday.
Both teams missed the top four for knockouts. However, Sturgis coach Scott Spahr said he was pleased with his team’s performance over the weekend.
“What a weekend, it was a joy to watch these athletes apply what we worked to instill in both the physical and mental aspects of their game over and over again, was a joy,” he said. “A boys team looking for that spark to get them over the hump and make them realize their potential has made great strides. A girls team, missing one of the starting players due to Covid restrictions, took the opportunity to get more playing time to make huge strides in their confidence in themselves and each other.”
In the Flint Metro, each team pitched three singles games plus a handful of baker games in qualifying. The Sturgis girls finished eighth. They rolled some games of 732, 657 and 618. They rolled bakery games of 113, 147, 134, 100, 156, 95 and 104.
Individually, the Lady Trojans were led by Kortnie Matz with a 494. She threw games of 181, 155 and 158. Maddison Bailey had games of 186, 116 and 147 (449), while Donna Henson-Bohlen threw games of 153, 139 and 142 (434). Kaitlin Coker added games of 106, 129 and 110 (345), while Jaden Moore added games of 106, 118 and 61 (285).
As individuals, the boys threw games of 969, 845 and 798. They were led by Christian Quirin with games of 192, 199 and 228 for a run of 619. Drake Harker threw games of 196, 179 and 182 for a 557 run, Collin Claar added games of 186, 167 and 146 for a 499. Blake Adamski threw two games of 181 and 155, Caleb Henson-Bohlen threw a single game of 214.
“So impressed and so proud,” Spahr said. “This has been an incredibly rewarding season and we have almost six weeks until the Regionals.”