St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior Mackenzie Greenshields readies to roll Feb. 28 at a Division 1 regional. The Shorians finished third at the regional to advance to the state finals.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior Mackenzie Greenshields readies to roll Feb. 28 at a Division 1 regional. The Shorians finished third at the regional to advance to the state finals.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Lake Shore girls bowling leaving its mark

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 6, 2020

 Lake Shore sophomore Ashley Villasurda lines up a roll during the regional tournament.

Lake Shore sophomore Ashley Villasurda lines up a roll during the regional tournament.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — This season will be one to remember for the members of the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore girls bowling team.

The Shorians earned a share of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division title, going 8-2 to share the league championship with Macomb Dakota. Lake Shore coach Greg Villasurda called the division title a bit of a surprise.

“(Winning the MAC Red) is a huge accomplishment for the girls, especially after losing five seniors from last year’s team,” Villasurda said. “Dakota is a great team, so to share it with them is something to be proud of.”

The division title — the second straight for the Shorians — isn’t the only thing Lake Shore and Dakota shared this season.

Both teams competed in the Division 1 state finals, contested March 6-7, after press time. Dakota and Lake Shore finished second and third, respectively, in a Feb. 28 regional to advance to the finals. The top three teams at each regional moved on.

Villasurda said his team has gotten better each week this season. This is the team’s first trip to the D-1 finals, after three straight trips to the D-2 championships from 2015 to 2017.

Two Shorians bowlers scored well enough at the Feb. 28 regional to qualify for the individual state finals. The top 10 bowlers from each region moved on.

Shorians junior Dani Decruydt made her third trip to the state finals, finishing with the 10th-highest individual score at the regional. Last season, Decruydt finished as the runner-up in the D-1 state final. Lake Shore senior Mackenzie Greenshields placed sixth at the regional to qualify for the individual finals for the first time.

Villasurda called Decruydt a superstar. The Shorians coach said Greenshields — who is the team’s lone senior — has been steady all season.

Four sophomores — Hope Tisdall, Emily Spear, Ashley Villasurda and Ariana Magnotte — have all shown improvement this season.

“I was worried as to how good our team would be after losing so many seniors and good leaders from last year’s MAC Red championship team,” Villasurda said. “But our girls are hard workers, and they want to be good, so that makes my job easier.”

For results from the state finals, visit mhsaa.com.

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