Oakland County bowling tournament crowns new champions

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

 Walled Lake Central’s Robert Angevine bowled a 300 game and eventually finished in third place at the Jan. 22 Oakland County boys bowling tournament at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township. Waterford Kettering won the boys and the girls team titles.

Walled Lake Central’s Robert Angevine bowled a 300 game and eventually finished in third place at the Jan. 22 Oakland County boys bowling tournament at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township. Waterford Kettering won the boys and the girls team titles.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Teams from the west side of Oakland County once again dominated the annual county bowling tournament.

Waterford Kettering’s boys and girls teams both won the team championships, while Clarkston High’s Erik Wagner and Oxford’s Heather Lafnear took the boys and girls individual titles, respectively.

The boys tournament was held Jan. 22 at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township, while the girls competition was Jan. 23 at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy.

Kettering edged South Lyon in the boys final, while Walled Lake Central took third place and Clarkston ended up in fourth. Ferndale High, North Farmington, South Lyon East and Lake Orion High advanced to the quarterfinals before being knocked out.

Wagner turned in an impressive three-game score of 731 to win the individual title. Following him in the top 10 are Walled Lake Central’s Chris Martin (715), Central’s Robert Angevine (714, including 300 opening game), North Farmington’s Ryan Turner (692), Troy’s Joshua Hulten (690), Walled Lake Western’s Tyler Pajot (682), Lakeland’s Andrew Hatfield (670), Novi’s Brandon Gillespie (665), Novi’s Brandon Ross (663) and Waterford Mott’s Grant Boufford (663).

On the girls side, Kettering topped Waterford Mott in the championship, while Lakeland finished third and Holly was fourth.

South Lyon, Lake Orion, Farmington Hills Mercy and Clarkston were the other quarterfinalists.

Lafnear’s score of 611 earned her the individual title. Royal Oak’s Sara Uelmen (605), Bloomfield Hills Marian’s Marisa Opie (601), Lake Orion’s Kate Gladstone (594), South Lyon East’s Katelynn Pakkala (590), Livonia Clarenceville’s Bridget Moricz (585), North Farmington’s Rae’ven Turner (579), Kettering’s Autumn Townsend (579), Lakeland’s Alycia Holmyard (575) and Central’s Jenni Abraham (562) round out the top 10.

The competition was tense throughout both days of action.

“The Oakland County Championships are always good competition and the matches are always close,” Walled Lake coach Ron Arnoldi said.

The eventual champion Kettering teams weren’t exactly favorites to emerge from the 16-team knockout portion of the tourney. The boys squad was the No. 13 seed, while the girls were the No. 7. But, as Arnoldi noted, that’s just the nature of tournament bowling.

“It just tells you that at any given time any team can come and win,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the first or the 16th seed, you always have a good chance in winning.

“You just have to qualify, and anything can happen from there. Never give up. Anything can happen at any given time.”

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.