Local bowlers hit stride at states

Dakota girls, Lincoln’s Kolassa take titles

By: Jon Malavolti | C&G Newspapers | Published March 8, 2015

 Pictured is Dakota's Hannah Forton.

Pictured is Dakota's Hannah Forton.

Photo by Deb Jacques

METRO DETROIT — Several local bowlers and teams took home some shiny new hardware this past weekend as the high school season came to a close with the MHSAA state championships.

Macomb Dakota’s girls won the Division 1 team crown at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, while Warren Lincoln sophomore Tyler Kolassa won the D-3 boys singles title at Airport Lanes in Jackson.

Other highlights included Macomb L’Anse Creuse North junior Kyle Hayes finishing runner-up in the D-1 boys singles competition.

In the girls D-1 team tournament, Utica Eisenhower was a semifinalist, while Farmington High finished as quarterfinalist. In the singles competition, Lake Orion junior Tryna Gladstone was a quarterfinalist, while L’Anse Creuse North junior Samantha Gainor, Walled Lake Cetnral senior Katie Carson, Farmington freshman Rachel Doran and Dakota senior Sierra Stade all reached the round of 16.

In the boys D-1 team competition, Eisenhower and L’Anse Creuse North were quarterfinalists. Birmingham Groves-Seaholm senior Jordan Bryant, Walled Lake Central sophomore Philip Bugelli, Dakota junior Kyle Sherrell, Birmingham Brother Rice senior Kyle Redmond and L’Anse Creuse North senior Tyler Mackowiak reached the singles round of 16.

In D-2, Warren Regina sophomore Madchen Breen was a quarterfinalist at Century Lanes in Waterford. She fell 367-315 to eventual state champ Kayleigh Gonzalez, a Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, who is a senior.

And in D-3, Clinton Township Clintondale’s girls were quarterfinalists.

Dakota denies Davison

In Division 1, all eyes were on the girls team competition March 6 as Davison High attempted to become the first program to win four consecutive MHSAA bowling team titles.

But Dakota had plans of its own, denying Davison a chance at history as the Cougars won 1,321-1,228. The victory avenged Dakota’s semifinals loss to Davison in last year’s state competition.

“We knew we could do it,” said Stade, one of five Dakota seniors who bowled in the final. “We just kept going through.

The Cougars had some tough competition to get through first, though, as they had to get past an Eisenhower team in the semifinals that had defeated Dakota earlier in the season. Dakota won the rivalry rematch 1,253-1,232

“Just to be able to make it to the point we did last year meant everything to us,” Stade said. “It was a milestone, so we knew from there on we were just going to keep going.

Stade said winning the state title was “amazing.”

She joined teammates seniors Olivia Neumann, Jenna Nottle, Ashley Jordan and Maya Gindlesperger, and sophomores Tamera Robinson and Hannah Forton in raising the trophy. Forton led the team in the final game with a score of 228, while Stade totaled 222.

“That’s what you need to beat a team like Davison,” Dakota coach Kevin Wemyss said.

Wemyss said the Cougars were determined to capture the crown.

“I think they really were; we talked about that over and over again,” Wemyss said. “They knew it coming in. They talked amongst themselves, saying that we can do this, just have to keep a positive attitude.”

Kolassa, Hayes roll to finals

Last year, Kyle Hayes missed the cut to advance to the knockout round in the D-1 singles state competition by just nine pins. The L’Anse Creuse junior wouldn’t let that happen again.

“I kept that feeling with me of just barely missing it and used it during qualifying this year,” he said.

His motivation and determination paid off, as Hayes wound up fifth in qualifying March 7 with a six-game total of 1,322 pins.

Hayes then defeated Ann Arbor Skyline senior Mikio Osugi 417-360 in the round of 16. He followed that up with a 394-336 decision over Canton senior Jacob Peltz in the quarterfinals. Next up was a semifinal matchup with Caledonia senior Sean Taylor, which Hayes won 454-425.

The final saw Hayes post an impressive two-game score of 469, but it wasn’t enough to get past Saginaw Heritage senior Derrick Norman, who shot a 488.

Hayes knew the final would be a tense competition.

“There was really no room for errors,” he said.

Despite coming up just short, Hayes was “pretty happy” about his result on the day, after originally just hoping to qualify for the knockout rounds. Now, he has a new goal for next season.

“It leaves room for improvement, something else to accomplish,” he said. “I’ll savor it now and work harder in the summer, so that I’m first next year.”

In D-3, meanwhile, Kolassa dispatched Fremont senior Sam Brandt 429-403 in the final. The Lincoln senior had earlier finished fourth in qualifying with a score of 1,231. In the round of 16, he beat Birch Run junior Robbie McKinnon 389-324. In the quarterfinals, Kolassa defeated Gladwin sophomore Aaron Weston 374-339. And in the semis, he edged Grand Rapids South Christian senior Brennen Proudfidt 416-409.

For complete results from all the bowling finals acton, visit www.mhsaa.com.