McBride earns top spot at states

By: Timothy Pontzer | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 21, 2018

 Macomb Dakota junior Danielle McBride lines up a throw during a match earlier this season. McBride captured an individual Division 1 state championship and helped lead the Cougars to a runner-up finish. Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Macomb Dakota junior Danielle McBride lines up a throw during a match earlier this season. McBride captured an individual Division 1 state championship and helped lead the Cougars to a runner-up finish. Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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In just over eight months, Danielle McBride collected two championship rings.

In June, McBride was a member of the first softball state title in program history. She followed that with a win on the lanes March 3, topping the Division 1 individual field for a bowling state title.

McBride rolled a 245 and 243 in the final, totaling a 488 to win in the final match. The junior entered the field as the No. 3 seed in the field, posting a 473, 432 and 418 in the first three rounds.

“I felt good, and I was really consistent the whole time,” McBride recalled. “I wasn’t nervous except for the second match. I lost by 40 pins in the first game, and I was nervous because that’s a lot of pins to recover.”

Down 245-206, McBride picked up an 8-10 split in the second match on her way to a 226-171 second-round comeback.

“Picking up that split fired me up,” McBride said. “It was an incredible feeling. After that, I bowled way better and was able to keep my focus.”

The day before, McBride helped anchor the Cougars in the team final. Dakota earned a D-1 runner-up finish, falling 1203-1190 to Oxford High. The junior admitted that the close loss fueled her the following afternoon.

“I definitely struggled for the team and, afterwards, I lost a bit of confidence,” McBride said. “I knew I could do a lot better. I was very, very upset that we lost by 13 pins, so I wanted to make sure I came back the next day very strong.”

The club’s coach, Paul Price, disagreed with his star’s assessment, instead praising the way she handled herself in what he described as a grueling two-day event.

“I could see where she’d possibly blame herself, but bowling is a day-to-day sport,” Price explained. “She had some tough moments, but it wasn’t her fault at all. If it served as motivation, I’m glad she used it, but we wouldn’t have finished where we did without her. She really came through and she always does.”

In a sport that focuses on the individual effort, Price said McBride’s ability and achievements on the team level is one of her top qualities.

“Helping the team out is her No. 1 attribute,” Price said. “No matter the situation, she never gets shaken. She has an extra gear when things are tough and is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever had in my 20 years of coaching. You wish every kid in the program has that. It’s very, very impressive to see.”

McBride said she greatly enjoys the team aspect.

“It was amazing. Really, the best experience ever is to be a part of a team like this,” McBride said. “This was a group of girls that are like sisters to me.”

She credits Price, the Dakota program director Kevin Wemyss, and assistant coaches Mike Selyan and Mark Moore for her success.

“Kevin has helped me so much in the past few years. I couldn’t be where I’m at today without him,” McBride said. “(Price) has helped me to simply believe in myself. The other coaches have also helped a ton. When I don’t believe in myself, it helps to take the pressure off me and be the best I can be. I also have to give a big thanks to my parents. They’ve supported me through everything.”

While she has yet to decide if she will pursue softball or bowling in college, she credits the softball championship for giving her confidence to win her next title.

“I was pulled up to varsity last year in softball,” McBride said. “It was a great experience, a fun time. It really helped being in a situation like that. It helped to be ready for the bowling. I’m glad I was able to come through when it counted.”

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