Macomb County bowling tournament crowns new champions

By: Jon Malavolti | C&G Newspapers | Published February 2, 2011

 Utica Stevenson’s boys bowling team poses after winning the Macomb County varsity tournament Jan. 22 at Sunnybrook Lanes. Warren Cousino won the girls team title.

Utica Stevenson’s boys bowling team poses after winning the Macomb County varsity tournament Jan. 22 at Sunnybrook Lanes. Warren Cousino won the girls team title.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

“Probably the most competitive we have ever had.”

That’s how Utica Stevenson coach Tom Stockton described the recent Macomb County boys and girls varsity bowling tournaments — a statement that holds up much better than the pins did Jan. 22 at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights.

Stevenson won the boys team title, while Warren Cousino took home the girls team crown.

Roseville High’s Frank Snodgrass finished ahead of the field for the boys individual title, while Cousino’s Lauren Krywy claimed the top spot among the girls.

Armada High finished second among boys teams, while Macomb Dakota took third and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley was fourth. Utica High, Utica Ford II, Cousino and Roseville rounded out the other quarterfinalists.

On the girls side, it was Richmond High ending up as runner-up, with Anchor Bay in third and Dakota in fourth. Stevenson, Sterling Heights High, Warren Regina and Utica were the other quarterfinalists.

Snodgrass pulled away from the pack in the boys individual competition with an impressive three-game total of 769. Chippewa Valley’s Nick Farsakian was close behind (755) and finished second, followed by St. Clair Shores Lake Shore’s Sean Kokenos (703), St. Clair Shores Lakeview’s Matt Gicona (701), Roseville’s Patrick Oakley (701), Dakota’s Frank Balsamo (689), Anchor Bay’s Sean Mariotti (685), Warren De La Salle’s Brett Drake (685), Cousino’s Lucas Krull (683), Chippewa Valley’s Jeff Pietryka (680) and Dakota’s Brad Berak (680) round out the top 10 spots.

Krywy’s 685 was enough to outlast the competition in the girls tournament. Trailing her in the top 10 was Richmond’s Noelle Scheuer (669), Regina’s Stephanie Penxa (655), Macomb L’Anse Creuse North’s Alyssa Meade (637), East Detroit’s Ashley Smith (636), Chippewa Valley’s Ashley Yank (627), Utica Eisenhower’s Elizabeth Ireland (602), Center Line High’s Nicole Chaffin (599) and Anchor Bay’s Sarah Lokker (596).

It turned out to be an exciting day for the Krywy family, as Lauren is coached by her parents, Cindy and Stephen, who are in their first year at the helm of the Patriots’ program.

“It’s the best accomplishment ever,” said Stephen Krywy of the girls team winning the crown. “And to top it our daughter, Lauren, won the girls singles for Macomb County.

“It was very competitive,” he added. “The girls were very pumped and wanted to win this, and they did — and we are all still in shock over it.”

The tense competition increased throughout the day.

“The schools seem to be more equal in balance in regards to talent,” Stockton said. “Anyone can win in a Baker format if they get the breaks and can come out of the gate quickly.

Three of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals in both team knockout portions of the tournament, while a pair of lower seeds crashed the party. Armada advanced from its No. 10 spot to join Stevenson (4), Dakota (1) and Chippewa Valley (3) in the boys semis. Dakota (11) slipped on the glass slippers and was the darling of the girls’ dance, taking its place alongside Cousino (4), Richmond (2) and Anchor Bay (1) in the final four.

“Some teams do not qualify well, but when elimination starts, they pick up the pace,” Stockton said.

League meets and regionals are the next major competitions coming up on the calendar for the bowling squads. Regional competitions, which decide which teams will get a shot at a state title, are scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at various locations.

Visit www.mhsaa.com and www.mhsibca.com for more tournament results and schedules.