Macomb L’Anse Creuse North junior Evan DeBruyne, right, lines up a throw during a match earlier this season. In his second year on varsity, DeBruyne is averaging 219 for the Crusaders with a high game of 268.

Macomb L’Anse Creuse North junior Evan DeBruyne, right, lines up a throw during a match earlier this season. In his second year on varsity, DeBruyne is averaging 219 for the Crusaders with a high game of 268.

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LCN bowling looks to roll momentum from county title

By: Timothy Pontzer | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 7, 2018

CLINTON TOWNSHIP – After two years without a tournament win, the Macomb L’Anse Creuse North boys bowling team captured the county’s top crown.

The Crusaders took the 2018 Macomb County Championship Jan. 21 at Sterling Lanes, topping Romeo High 645-497 in the final. Coach and program director Dennis Crescenti called the victory one of the best moments he’s had the chance to witness in his nine years with the team.

“The boys were so ecstatic. If you could’ve seen them, it was amazing how they were hugging each other and celebrating that win,” Crescenti said. “We’ve been close, but we hadn’t won a tournament all year, and then we win one of the biggest tournaments besides regionals or states. It was an amazing moment and something that is carrying over. Right now, we’re on an upswing because of it.”

Co-varsity coach Phil Pordon agreed.

“During the past two years, we’ve made it to the final eight or four of a tournament, but we couldn’t quite get it done,” Pordon said before a Jan. 31 practice at Imperial Lanes. “We had a powerhouse team in 2016, but last year we were a bit younger and it was a transition year. We had some struggles but they’ve built from what they learned last year, and now they’re really learning to climb that hill. We’re hoping it builds into regionals.”

Regionals begins Feb. 23. Junior Evan DeBruyne said the county title was a needed confidence booster that he hopes carries into the postseason.

“To finally get a win out of the way was huge,” he said. “The biggest goal would be to make it to states. We just want to do well in regionals, and hopefully we can make it as a team and we can all do well at individuals, too.”

Crescenti pointed to DeBruyne and senior Michael Torres as two leaders he would lean on during the season’s final stretch.

“We don’t really have captains, but those two do a great job of leading everyone,” Crescenti said. 

DeBruyne said he relishes his leadership role.

“A lot of matches will come down to what I do, and I love that pressure. It makes me focus,” DeBruyne said. “We all have a really close bond. If someone gets down, we’re able to pick each other up. We mesh really well, and it’s easy to be around each other.”

Crescenti agreed, believing that bond to be the reason his club was 6-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division at press time, which was good for first in the division.

“We definitely have the team atmosphere you want,” Crescenti said. 

It has showed in MAC play, as four LCN bowlers average over 200 in league meets. DeBruyne holds a 219 average, with senior Zackary Jarfas averaging 200, junior Dylan Farris averaging 201 and junior Cory Mazure leading the way at 223. 

Torres (198) and sophomore Blake Warnken (190) round out the lineup.

Crescenti said all of the team’s goals are attainable and within reach, but it will take another all-in effort to achieve them.

“The first goal is to win the Red, and then the next three weeks are practice, practice and more practice for regionals,” Crescenti said. “Our region has probably 16 of the toughest teams around, but I think we’re poised for the challenge.”