There were no area individual state champions out of the 15 local tenpinners who had qualified for Saturday’s MHSAA Individual Bowling Finals at sites across Michigan.
But Pennfield senior Loretta Hinds did make it all the way to the semifinals of the Division 3 singles finals at Airport Lanes in Jackson — a day after she helped the Lady Panthers win the MHSAA D-3 Team Finals championship at the same lanes.
Also, Gull Lake juniors Samantha Knight and Jared Edgerton both advanced to the quarterfinal rounds of Saturday’s D-2 tournament at Century Lanes in Waterford before being eliminated.
Here’s a closer look at how local bowlers fared at Saturday’s Individual Finals:
At Airport Lanes in Jackson, Pennfield’s Hinds started her day by placing ninth in the six-game qualifying round with a pinfall total of 1,101 (176-187-182-211-158-187) — with the top 16 out of the original field of 60 in the qualifying round advancing to match play.
In the Round of 16, Hinds defeated eighth-seeded MaKaylin Palatka of Ovid-Elsie 380-341 (163-217 to 176-165). Then, in the quarterfinals, “Moe” downed top-seeded Lindsay Risden of Flat Rock (from the team Pennfield defeated in Friday’s Team semifinals) 384-367 (182-202 to 152-215). Then, in the semis, Hinds lost to fourth-seeded Karie VanSledright of Grand Rapids South Christian (the team the Panthers beat in Friday’s Team title match) 469-432 (290-179 to 210-226). Laurynn Ball of Armda, the No. 15 seed, then went on to defeat VanSledright 338-322 in the title match.
Also on the girls’ side at Airport Lanes, Marshall senior Rachel Poe finished 22nd with 1,040 (190-158-173-140-198-171); Pennfield sophomore Kadee Bechman finished 44th with 979 (208-151-180-127-138-175); and Marshall sophomore Emily Rupp finished 53rd with 935 (150-163-189-149-116-168).
On the boys’ side, Marshall senior Chris Morgan — a regional champion — tied for first place in qualifying with Troy Flathau of Crosswell-Lexington, with both bowlers posting a 1,242. Morgan’s qualifying-block scores were 198-225-201-186-265-167.
Then, in the Round of 16, Morgan lost to 15th-seeded Matt Kilberg of Ishpeming 354 to 285 (186-168 to 118-167). The eventual D-3 boys’ champ was Adam LaRoe of Napoleon.
Also on the boys’ side, Marshall junior Zak VanArman finished tied for 22nd with 1,111 (189-156-168-204-215-179); and Pennfield junior Tyler Kipp finished 38th with 1,040 (205-173-165-157-185-155).
At Century Lanes in Waterford, on the girls’ side, Gull Lake’s Knight — also a regional champ — qualified eighth with 1,163 (226-204-197-156-179-201). She then defeated No. 9 seed Haley Richard of Tecumseh in the Round of 16 398 to 379 (193-205 to 203-176), before falling to top-seeded Jordan Richard of Tecumseh in the quarterfinals 427 to 381 (205-222 to 179-202).
Also on the girls’ side, Coldwater senior Bianca Porter was 42nd with 1,031 (112-139-151-191-243-195); and Coldwater junior Dana Bailey finished 43rd with 1,023 (162-161-155-183-159-203).
On the boys’ side, Gull Lake’s Edgerton was seventh in qualifying with 1,241 (203-173-202-262-183-218). He then defeated 10th-seeded Tyler Evans of Ionia in the Round of 16 377-321 (205-172 to 147-174), before losing to No. 2-seeded Alex Ouellette of Bay City John Glenn in the quarterfinals 394-366 (236-158 to 202-164).
Also on the boys’ side, Gull Lake junior Collin Rickey was third in qualifying with 1,350 (236-224-231-216-196-247). He then lost in the Round of 16 to No. 14 seed Collin Fox of Charlotte 374-350 (203-171 to 180-170).
Plus, Coldwater junior Austen Reichhart tied for 19th with 1,148 (191-186-184-175-233-179); and Coldwater senior Justin Wells finished 52nd with 1,000 (171-156-196-149-164-164).
The eventual D-2 boys’ champ was top-seeded Andrew Anderson of Holly.
At Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Galesburg-Augusta sophomore Dylan Whitney finished 23rd with 1,130 (198-204-180-156-196-196).