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CAAC BLUE

Teams: East Lansing, Everett, Grand Ledge, Holt, Jackson, Sexton

League’s top bowlers: Tyler Rogers (H), Martin Welch (H), Quentin Barker (E), Drake Csage (Jackson)

EAST LANSING

Last season: 7th place in CAAC North (3-7-2)

Coach: John Walter (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Spencer Brewster (sr.), Adam Walter (jr.), Joe Croom (so.), Nick Reynolds (so.)

Other contributors: Ethan Franklin (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Trojans return four starters from last year’s squad but the only senior is Brewster. Croom led the team last season as a freshman with a 171 average and joins underclassmen Walter, Reynolds and freshman Reynolds in the starting lineup. East Lansing will bowl at the newly renovated Spare Time Entertainment Center (formerly Holiday Lanes) and will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

EVERETT

Last season: 8th place in CAAC South (0-12)

Coach: Joseph Marutiak (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Quentin Barker (sr.), Tyler Jones (sr.), Mario Aranbula (so.)

Other contributors: Tate Levendoski (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Vikings finished last in the CAAC South last season but return several promising bowlers in seniors Barker (195 avg.) and Tyler Jones (193). Everett will compete in the Division 1 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Royal Scot west of Lansing.

GRAND LEDGE

Last season: 5th place in CAAC North (7-5-1)

Review/outlook: The Comets will compete in the Division 1 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Royal Scot west of Lansing. No other information was provided.

HOLT

Last season: 4th place in CAAC South (8-5)

Coach: Cliff McClumpha (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Martin Welch (sr.), Tyler Rogers (jr.)

Other contributors: Justin Williams (fr.), Chris Slear (fr.), Dakota Belen (fr.)

Review/outlook: Holt graduated three of its top five bowlers from last season, including all-league Zach Debar whose 207 average placed him eighth in the CAAC South. Also gone are Scott Reid (196) and Zach Bailey (192). Returning are Rogers, who was second on the squad with a 206, and Welch (193). Coach McClumpha likes the potential of his young team but knows that several of his newcomers will have to perform at a high level in order for the Rams to duplicate last season’s 8-5 record. Holt will compete in the Division 1 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Royal Scot west of Lansing.

SEXTON

Last season: 9th place in CAAC North (1-12)

Coach: Lori Barber (4th season)

Top returning bowlers: Michael BarberBraun (sr.), Devon Hammond (sr.), Bronson ManDeville (sr.), Nate Emens (jr.), Cameron Garza (jr.), Nate Moore (so.), Christian Major (so.)

Review/outlook: Sexton returns nearly its entire starting five from last season, including seniors BarberBraun (who qualified for states), Hammond and ManDeville. They are joined by third-year junior Emens and sophomore Moore. The team is experienced and coach Barber feels they will be competitive in the newly-formed CAAC Blue. The Big Reds will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Airway Lanes of Portage.

CAAC GOLD

Teams: Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Jackson Lumen Christi, Jackson Northwest, Mason, Parma Jackson County Western, Waverly

League’s top bowlers: Corey Daniels (JNW), Shaun Smith (M), Nick Carl (M), David Huva (C), Devon Wood (C), Hunter Mather (C), Connor Fox (C), Jeff Wheeler (W), Tyler Harris (W)

CHARLOTTE

Last season: 4th place in CAAC South (8-5)

Coach: Dave Jackson (8th season)

Top returning bowlers: Ron Dzik (jr.), Connor Fox (jr.), Josh Hillard (jr.), Hunter Mather (jr.), David Huva (so.), Cory Osborn (jr.), Devon Wood (sr.)

Review/outlook: The Orioles return six bowlers from last season’s state qualifying team that averaged over 186 including all-CAAC South honorable mention selections Huva (207), Wood (201) and Mather (198). Add to this group state qualifier Fox (207) and the fact that Wood is the only senior of the bunch and the outlook is bright for the next few years. This team is capable of an extended postseason run. Charlotte will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

EATON RAPIDS

Last season: 6th place in CAAC South (4-8)

Coach: Ned Palmer (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Patrick O’Neil (jr.), Tyler McCarrick (so.)

Other contributors: Adam Bosworth (sr.), Jacob Lipp (sr.), Brad Pasch (so.)

Review/outlook: The Greyhounds will field a small, inexperienced squad that first-year coach Palmer feels will improve as the season progresses. Only junior O’Neil (166) returns from last season’s starting lineup but sophomore McCarrick shows promise and will be joined by newcomers Bosworth, Lipp and Pasch. Eaton Rapids will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

MASON

Last season: 1st place in CAAC South (9-3)

Coach: Jim Valentine (6th season)

Top returning bowlers: Shaun Smith (sr.), Nick Carl (jr.)

Top newcomer: Marshall Clark (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Bulldogs are Division 2 defending state champions after they took down Bay City John Glenn by three pins in the finals (1216-1213) last March. The team returns only two of its starting five as all-league David Smithern (208) graduated along with Nick Robbins (196) and Luke Gutowski (189). However, all-league bowlers Smith (214) and Carl (212) return to anchor the young squad as it bebuilds in the newly-formed CAAC Gold. Mason will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

WAVERLY

Last season: 7th place in CAAC South (3-9)

Coach: Dave Wheeler (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Tyler Harris (sr.), Jeff Wheeler (jr.), Trevor Raterink (jr.)

Other contributors: Jacob Davis (jr.), Nick Osborn (jr.)

Review/outlook: The Warriors lost their top two bowlers from last season in all-league Tucker Bayers (207) and honorable mention Rob Greeley (202) but there is talent returning. Senior Harris (183) and juniors Raterick (198) and academic all-conference Wheeler (193) will join incoming juniors Davis and Osborn as the team looks to rebuild under first-year coach Dave Wheeler. Waverly will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

CAAC RED/WHITE

Teams: Corunna, Haslett, Ionia, Owosso, Portland, Stockbridge

League’s top bowlers: Nate Cottrell (H), Jon Prescher (H), Ian Koskinen (H), Ryan Bennett (I), Mike Bladzik (I), Brandon Mulder (I), Cody Vincent (O), Patrick Chaffee (P), Tim Fullerton (S)

CORUNNA

Last season: 2nd place in CAAC North (9-2-1)

Review/outlook: The Cavaliers will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Cherry Hill Lanes of Dearborn Heights. No other information was provided.

HASLETT

Last season: 4th place in CAAC North (8-3-1)

Coach: Dean Matsudo (6th season)

Top returning bowlers: Nate Cottrell (sr.), Jon Prescher (sr.), Ian Koskinen (sr.), Chase Applegate (sr.), Jacob Taylor (sr.)

Other contributors: Kyle Longendyke (jr.), Kyle White (jr.), Brock Pringle (fr.)

Review/outlook: Despite losing all-league Andrew Taylor (197) and honorable mention Arthur Harris (185) to graduation, the Vikings return plenty of talent. The 4-year senior trio of Prescher (179), Cottrell (178) and Koskinen (176) took first place in the 2011 USBC Michigan Youth Tournament and will now lead a team that fields five seniors including Applegate and Jacob Taylor. Juniors Longendyke and White show promise and add depth. The Vikings will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

IONIA

Last season: 3rd place in CAAC North (8-1-3)

Coach: Kendall Krick (9th season)

Top returning bowlers: Tyler Evans (sr.), Ryan Bennett (so.), Brandon Mulder (sr.), Brandon Linderman (sr.), Mike Bladzik (sr.)

Other contributors: Brian Carmoney (jr.), Tyler Jones (sr.), Garrett Wolthuis (so.)

Review/outlook: The Bulldogs return the core of their team from last season and should compete for the CAAC Red/White title. The squad will be led by senior co-captains Evans and all CAAC North honorable mention Bladzik and boasts one of the league’s top bowlers in all-league sophomore Bennett (201). Evans qualified for states last season as did Mulder and are joined by 4th-year senior Linderman (197) to give the Bulldogs veteran leadership. Ionia will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Lowell Lanes of Lowell.

OWOSSO

Last season: 1st place in CAAC North (10-1-1)

Coach: Bob Ariss (10th season)

Top returning bowlers: Cody Vincent (jr.), Ryan Newell (jr.), Seth Bunton (sr.), Dakota Crane (sr.)

Other contributors: Curtis Ike (so.), Austin Abrams (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Trojans will surely feel the loss of the CAAC North’s top bowler from last season, all-league Dannen Zimmerman who averaged 215 and advanced all the way to the Divison 2 quarterfinals. Also graduating was league honorable mention Derek Kean (179). Returning are all-league junior Cody Vincent (195), seniors Bunton and Crane and junior Newell. Coach Ariss sees this as a rebuilding year but the Trojans will likely finish near the top of the CAAC Red/White. Owosso compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

PORTLAND

Last season: 6th place in CAAC North (4-9)

Coach: Dave Berry (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Adam Simon (sr.), Karl Newman (jr.), Patrick Chaffee (jr.), Andrew Pline (jr.), Trenton Schaibly (so.), Mike Hoppes (so.)

Top newcomers: Brendon Pierce (jr.), Marcus Zinn (fr.)

Review/outlook: Portland lost only all-league Brad Weeks to graduation and return one senior and a solid core of juniors under first-year coach Berry. The Raiders are led by CAAC North honorable mention Chafee (174) and sophomore Schaibly (172) and feature four bowlers that rolled at least 22 games last season. The squad is young but experienced. Portland will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Airway Lanes of Portage.

STOCKBRIDGE

Review/outlook: The Panthers will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Flat Rock Lanes of Flat Rock. No other information was provided.

TVC

ALMA

Review/outlook: The Panthers will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Cherry Hill Lanes North of Clarkston. No other information was provided.

ITHACA

Review/outlook: The Yellowjackets will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant. No other information was provided.

OVID-ELSIE

Last season: 1st place

Coach: Matt Fabus (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Tyler Henning (jr.), Alex Donnert (jr.)

Other contributors: Zane Zwick (jr.), Aiden Courtnay (jr.)

Review/outlook: The young Marauders compete in the tough TVC and will need solid performances from returning juniors Henning (2nd team all-league) and Donner as well as contributions from Zwick and Courtnay to match last season’s success. Ovid-Elsie will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Cherry Hill Lanes North of Clarkston.

TRI-COUNTY LEAGUE

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Last season: 1st place (10-0)

Review/outlook: The Pirates will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant. No other information was provided.

PORTLAND ST. PATRICK

Last season: 2nd place (5-5)

Coach: Terry Chopper Schrauben (20th season)

Top returning bowlers: Taran Arwood (sr.), Daniel Wohlscheid (jr.), Shane Hodges (sr.), Franco Lopez (sr.)

Other contributors: Fisher Klein (fr.), Issac Brown (fr.), Alex Fedewa (fr.), Thomas Wernet (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Shamrocks return three seniors and a junior and welcome in four freshman. Coach Schrauben expects his new bowlers to gain knowledge and experience which he hopes will tranlate into success later in the season. The Shamrocks will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant.

LANSING CHRISTIAN

Last season: 4th place (0-10)

Coach: Richard Trent (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Tucker Riffle (jr.), Jeffery Waldmiller (jr.), Luke Greydanus (jr.), Nathan Taylor (jr.)

Review/outlook: The Pilgrims were winless last season but return four 3rd-year juniors. Riffle led the team last year with a 178 average. Lansing Christian will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant.

OTHERS

LESLIE

Last season: 4th place in SMAA (6-5, 3-5)

Coach: Larry Hook (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Colin Skromme (sr.), R.J. Hector (sr.)

Other contributors: Jacob Stanley (fr.), Brendan Hook (so.)

Review/outlook: The Blackhawks lost six seniors to graduation and are clearly rebuilding. Seniors Skromme (158) and Hector (152) are the team’s top returning bowlers but newcomers Stanley and Hook show promise. Leslie competes in the 8-team Cascades Conference along with Addison, East Jackson, Grass Lake, Hanover-Horton, Michigan Center, Napoleon and Vandercook Lake. The Blackhawks will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Flat Rock Lanes of Flat Rock.

PERRY

Last season: 8th place in CAAC North (1-11-1)

Coach: Craig Gibbs (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Kelton Kincaid (sr.), Shaun Thronson (sr.), Michael Velting (jr.), Brian Bradley (so.)

Review/outlook: The Ramblers will be an independent this season and return three of last season’s starters. Senior Kincaid led the team with a 161 average. First-year coach Gibbs looks forward to the season and hopes his new bowlers bowl to their potential and blend in with his veterans. Perry will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Airway Lanes of Portage.

– compiled by Jack Dowd

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