South Lake bowling teams turn in solid regular seasons

By: Jon Malavolti | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 1, 2011

 St. Clair Shores South Lake’s girls bowling team enjoyed another successful season. Pictured, from left, Brooke Brancato, Jackie Cardna, Kerriann Koss, Alexis McCullum, coach Gary Wedgke and Michelle Rodgard.

St. Clair Shores South Lake’s girls bowling team enjoyed another successful season. Pictured, from left, Brooke Brancato, Jackie Cardna, Kerriann Koss, Alexis McCullum, coach Gary Wedgke and Michelle Rodgard.

Photos by Patricia O’Blenes

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The St. Clair Shores South Lake bowling teams entered the season with plenty of question marks.

Both the boys and the girls varsity squads had to replace virtually their entire rosters with newcomers and students who bowled on the JV teams last year.

But the Cavaliers picked things up pretty quickly.

Gary Wedgke, who coaches the girls team while his wife, Darlene, coaches the boys, said he was very proud of both teams.

In the final Macomb Area Conference Gold Division standings, the South Lake girls squad finished in second place, close behind Marysville High, while the boys team ended up tied for second with Marysville behind Warren Fitzgerald.

“Both teams had pretty good seasons,” Gary Wedgke said.

His girls squad displayed a flair of the dramatic in the Feb. 15 division final against Center Line, whom the Cavaliers were tied with in division action prior to the competition.

South Lake quickly fell behind, dropping the first 10 points of the contest, but rebounded and captured 15 of the final 20 points to tie Center Line 15-15.

The teams ended up having a rolloff to determine a winner —but not before Wedgke had to quickly round up his team before they left.

“I was figuring the scores, and all the girls were going back and taking their shoes off, and I had to get them together before they left,” he said. “It was exciting.”

So the Cavaliers girls put their shoes back on and went on to win the five-frame rolloff against Center Line to secure sole possession of second place — a solid turnaround after a slow start.

“Overall, it was a good season, considering we started out 1-3,” Wedgke said. “They made a great comeback. I was very proud of them. When one was down, they picked each other up.

“On paper, other teams’ averages were better than ours, but we somehow found a way to come out on top. We found a way to win.”

Junior Brooke Brancato led the girls team, while senior Steve Gregory spurred on the boys squad.
 

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