Roseville High’s Owen Williams rolls the ball during the Macomb County bowling tournament, which took place Jan. 17-19 at Sterling Lanes.

Roseville High’s Owen Williams rolls the ball during the Macomb County bowling tournament, which took place Jan. 17-19 at Sterling Lanes.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Prep bowlers battle at Macomb County tournament

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 24, 2020

STERLING HEIGHTS — All the prep bowling squads in Macomb County settled in for the Macomb County tournament Jan. 17-19 at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights.

One program stood above the rest.

Macomb Dakota swept the team championships, with the boys beating Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 609-550 in the finals Jan. 18. The Cougars girls team bested New Baltimore Anchor Bay 556-490 to win its bracket the same day. The Utica Ford II boys and St. Clair Shores Lake Shore girls entered this year’s tournament as the reigning champs.

To get to the final match, the Dakota boys beat Utica Eisenhower, while L’Anse Creuse North got by Anchor Bay. Eisenhower beat the Tars in the consolation match to take third place. The Cougars boys entered the championship bracket as the No. 4 seed of 16 teams. Dakota beat the 13, 5, 1 and 2 seeds to win the title.

“Our boys team is really good,” Cougars bowling coach Paul Price said. “They’re starting to believe in how good they are. When they firmly grasp that, there’s no limit to what they’re capable of.

“There’s a lot of guys on the team with a lot of experience. The sky’s the limit for that team.”

The Cougars girls beat Utica High in the semifinals to get to the final round. Anchor Bay got to the finals with a win over Ford. Dakota’s girls also entered the finals bracket as the No. 4 seed and knocked off the 13, 5, 9 and 2 seeds on their way to the title.

“Our girls team is really young. We’ve graduated two senior starters each of the last two years,” Price said. “The success they’ve had has kind of come out of nowhere. To see what they’re doing is great.”

Individually, Dakota junior Jayden Denyes won the boys championship with a 247-217 win over Lake Shore’s Ben Augustitus Jan. 19. The Cougars put two bowlers in the semifinals, with Denyes besting teammate Kyle Finn 212-201 to advance to the championship match. Augustitus got to the finals with a 193-160 triumph over Sterling Heights Stevenson’s Matt Kinnard.

On the girls side, Ford’s Kensington Holland got past Lake Shore’s Dani DeCruydt 205-195 to claim the individual championship Jan. 19.

“That was one of the biggest accomplishments I had achieved over the years I’ve bowled,” Holland said of her county title win, “and I can’t wait for the upcoming tournaments to try and win more.”

Holland bested Dakota’s Emma Price in the semifinals, while DeCruydt knocked off Warren Woods Tower’s Cassie McCarren to get to the finals.

“(Playing in the tournament) was a lot of fun,” Holland said. “I knew I could at least qualify (for the finals bracket), but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it through all of the matches.

“Winning this tournament has given me the mindset that I’m capable of accomplishing much more, and I hope to shine during the state finals as well.”