Bob Tubbs couldn’t stop talking about his daughter, Kailee.
Tubbs is the boys bowling coach at Davison, but it was Kailee and her teammates who brought home the team’s fourth Division 1 state title in five years, beating Farmington Hills Harrison, 1,206-1,139, Friday afternoon at Art Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights.
“Her freshman year at the state finals, after two frames the coach said ‘get in there’ and she hasn’t left the lineup,” said Tubbs, who watched his daughter shoot 184 in the singles portion of the final.
Tubbs finished her career with four regional titles, three state titles and a runner-up finish. Kalee Johnson shot 192 in the final and Bailey Gipson shot 188.
“I’ve been here before and some of the girls haven’t,” said Kailee Tubbs. “We definitely knew we had the experience and we know we can beat these teams. We just went out and did what we do best. I was making sure the team was up and happy and made our shots. This makes up a lot for last year.”
Last year, Davison lost in the final to Macomb Dakota.
While Davison has been dominant, Wyandotte Roosevelt captured its first crown under first-year coach Charlie Cassise with a 1,342-1,211 victory over Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. The winners built a 411-305 lead in the Baker portion of the final and were led by Cory Coffey’s 214 in the final.
“It was pretty tough today, but the boys hung in there really tough,” said Cassise, who runs Thunderbowl Lanes. “We bowled some good games, we bowled some bad games. We had some lucky breaks along the way, but we had some bad ones, too. That’s the way bowling goes. I’m proud of them.”
Including grandson Gabriel, a sophomore who finished the championship shooting a 179.
“That’s great to see him win the state title,” said Cassise. “He bowled well in the Metro Detroit. He won the all-events there. It’s just like I’m bowling again; like I’m a teenager.”
The most exciting match was the girls semifinal matchup between Harrison and Woodhaven. Down by 32 pins entering singles, Harrison got three strikes from junior anchor Candyce Bradley for a 225 to pull out a 1,178-1,172 thriller.
Grand Haven’s boys got a big lift in the qualifying round when Logan Batka shot a 289 in the first of two individual games, leading the team to an 1,131 score, which bumped them up to sixth. They ended up making the final eight by three pins (3,446).
On the girls side, Taylor Davis of Davison shot a 275, helping the team head the leader board (3,406) by a wide margin over Harrison (3,258).
Davison advanced to the semifinal by beating Zeeland, 1,254-1,134, while St. Clair Shores Lakeview eliminated Howell, 1,235-1,213. Harrison moved on to the semis with a 1,308-1,114 win over Sterling Heights Stevenson.
Division 2: Lansing Eastern defeated two-time defending champion Flint Kearsley in the boys final at Canton’s Super Bowl. On the girls side, Flint Kearsley won its third straight title, beating Jackson in the final.
Division 3: Saginaw Swan Valley won the boys title at Jackson’s Airport Lanes, defeating Battle Creek Pennfield in the final. Alma won the girls title by only 20 pins over Hudsonville Unity Christian in the final.
Division 4:Sandusky defeated St. Charles in the boys championship at Lansing’s Royal Scot. Ithaca captured the girls title by three pins over New Lothrop, 1,141-1,138.
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What: Boys and girls state bowling finals.
When: Saturday — individual finals.
Where: Div. 1 — Sterling Lanes, Sterling Heights; Div. 2 — Super Bowl, Canton; Div. 3 — Airport Lanes, Jackson; Div. 4 — Royal Scot, Lansing.