Macomb CountyJanuary 25, 2013
Several local prep bowlers shine at Macomb County Tournament
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
STERLING HEIGHTS — The Warren Cousino girls bowling team knocked off Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 545-512 to win the 2013 Macomb County Bowling Championships, held Jan. 19 at Sunnybrook Golf and Bowl in Sterling Heights.
The Patriots, who at 6-0 sit atop the Macomb Area Conference White Division, finished ahead of 15 other squads that qualified for the championship round the morning of Jan. 19. Twenty-two girls teams, in all, competed in the event.
“I told the girls I didn’t expect them to be at the caliber they’re at so soon,” Cousino girls bowling coach Dave Miller said. “There wasn’t even a bowling program at the school last year, so for them to beat some teams that have been good for a while is pretty remarkable.”
On its way to the finals, Cousino bested Roseville, Utica Eisenhower and St. Clair Shores Lakeview. LCN took down Warren Woods Tower, Utica Stevenson and Richmond before falling to the Patriots in the final. Richmond’s and Lakeview’s girls teams finished third and fourth, respectively.
“I coached at Center Line in the past, so I knew about (Eisenhower), LCN and Stevenson’s programs. All of those schools have had good programs for a while, so it’s big for us to be able to compete with them.”
Cousino last qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals in 2011, where it went out in the quarterfinals.
Miller said he’s doing his best to keep his team grounded, but he made sure the girls knew how special it was to win such a big tournament.
He said he thinks his Cousino group has the potential to qualify for the state finals.
On the boys side, Romeo beat Macomb Dakota 718-624 to capture the team title.
Romeo got by Utica Ford II, Utica High and Richmond to advance to the final. The Cougars outlasted Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, Roseville and Anchor Bay before falling in the title match.
Twenty-four boys teams from county schools participated in the championships.
Individual champs crowned
Dakota’s Marissa Solnik tallied a score of 682 throughout three games to win the girls individual title at the county championships. Solnik averaged a 227.3 in three games.
Utica Stevenson’s Lauren Krywy (635), LCN’s Alyssa Meade (626), Ike’s Haley Zynda (624) and Stevenson’s Renee Spicuzza (608) round out the top five.
Solnik beat out 156 girls for the title.
St. Clair Shores Lakeview’s Mitchell Cunha tallied a 791 throughout three games to take home the boys individual title at the county championships. Cunha averaged a 263.6 on his way to the title.
Roseville’s Mike Hamilton (764), Warren Mott’s David Stroshein (757), Utica High’s Adam Young (740) and Tower’s Mike Pagano (726) round out the top five.
Cunha bested 160 bowlers to win the championship.