Julia Huren, jr., John Glenn: A Division 1 first-team all-state bowler, Huren followed up a stellar sophomore campaign with an even better junior year, averaging 208 pins per contest while earning all-KLAA honors and a second-place showing at the Division 1 regional tournament before turning in a top-eight showing at the state tournament.
“Julia has become such a great team player and dominated our fifth position as our anchor bowler by striking out several times,” said John Glenn coach Ralph Cabildo.
Emily Dietz, jr., John Glenn: A Division 1 second-team all-state honoree, Dietz averaged a sizzling 201 while earning all-KLAA honors and an eighth-place finish at the D1 regional tournament. A 4.0 student, she was 21st at the D1 state meet.
“Emily has shown great confidence this year,” said Cabildo. “She has been our most consistent bowler.”
Olivia Cabildo, sr., John Glenn: The senior, who will continue her competitive bowling career at Siena Heights University, enjoyed a sensational season, earning all-KLAA honors while placing fourth at the D1 regional. The owner of a 191 average, she carries a 4.0 grade-point average and received a Presidential academic scholarship as well as a bowling scholarship to Siena Heights.
Meghan Macunovich, soph., Canton: After pretty much topping the charts a second year in a row, the sky’s the limit for Macunovich for her junior and senior seasons.
As a sophomore, Macunovich was virtually unstoppable, averaging 210 pins with a high game of 287 and repeating as Division 1 individual regional champion. She tallied a 1,345 score and made the D1 final for the second consecutive season.
At the D1 singles final at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Macunovich’s 470 was good for second place overall only behind the 512 registered by Allison Morris of Ann Arbor Huron.
Macunovich was named to the all-KLAA team for her efforts.
“Meghan Macunovich is a very strong competitor,” coach Karl Brubaker said. “She won the Region 5 singles for the second straight year. Meghan finished second at the state finals for singles. She is a tough young lady and will compete for those awards for the next two years.”
Candyce Bradley, soph., Farm. Unified: A repeat member of the all-area first team, Bradley followed a superb freshman campaign with a successful sophomore season, helping her team qualify for the Division 1 state tournament.
Bradley had the highest OAA average for the second straight year at 206, raising it by six pins over her first year. She bowled 1,126 and averaged 188 in the Super Bowl regional, finishing in 11th place.
She won the Oakland County and Farmington-Harrison singles championships with 675 and 605 series, respectively. Bradley was named to the all-OAA first team for a second time and the all-state second team.
“Candyce seized control of the anchor spot at the beginning of the season and became a team leader in only her second year in the program,” coach Dennis Hermani said. “She is a young lady we count on to make big shots at the most crucial moments of any baker game or singles match.
“In two years, she has thrown 75 games of 190 or better in the 120 she has bowled and nine games of 240 or better. Her high game this season was a 279; her high series was 514. With those scores, she had the eighth highest game and fourth highest series in the state.
“The sky is the limit for Candyce when it comes to bowling. For the second straight season, she was voted by her teammates as the Most Valuable Bowler in the Farmington-Harrison program.”
Rachel Doran, fr., Farm Unified: Doran was named to the all-state second team after an outstanding freshman season. She finished 11th in the qualifying round at the Division 1 state meet, and she was fifth in the regional with a 1,194 score and 199 average.
Doran was the OAA singles champion and the Oakland County singles runner-up to teammate Candyce Bradley. She had a 188 league average and was named to the All-OAA second team.
“This young lady began her career in a big way by winning the OAA singles championship in her first varsity event,” Hermani said. “This fast start led to one of the greatest freshmen seasons in Farmington-Harrison bowling history.
“Her best performance came when she needed it the most. In the final three games at the regional, she bowled games of 245, 200 and 259 for a 704 series. The 245 and 259 games were her highest of the season and were bowled on the most difficult pattern of the year – middle of the road.
“Rachel is a finisher; she places herself in good situations and takes advantage of her talent when she needs it the most. This young lady has a tremendously bright future in bowling.”
Jessica Pate, sr., John Glenn: Pate, who will be attending Concordia University with a bowling scholarship beginning in the fall, averaged 187 while earned all-KLAA honors. She placed third at the D1 regional and was a top-16 performer at the individual state tournament. She earned a third-team all-state accolade.
“Jessica has always been a very confident and great lead-off bowler,” Cabildo said.
Jenai Teamer, sr., Farm. Unified: Teamer finished her second season on the varsity with a 183 average – an increase of 66 pins from her first year in the program during tryouts as a freshmen.
With her steady improvement over four years, Teamer earned a full scholarship to Hampton University in Virginia for bowling.
Teamer had a high game of 264 compared to a high of 232 last year. She rolled a high series of 442 at the OAA tournament in the morning qualifying session.
She had the sixth highest average in the OAA with a 193 and was named to the all-OAA first team. A repeat member of the all-area second team, Teamer was third in the regional and a state qualifier as a junior.
“In her career on the varsity, Jenai has shot 49 games over 180 in the last two seasons,” Hermani said. “While at Hampton, Jenai will not only bowl and bowl well, but she will be pursuing a degree in pre-med.”
Christina O’Harris, jr., Wayne: O’Harris enjoyed a dynamite season for the Zebras, mowing down pins to the tune of a 194 average. She placed highly in several tournaments as well as led Wayne to a solid record in the KLAA.
Ashlei Brooks, sr., Mercy: After learning the game as a freshman on the JV team, Brooks became a three-year varsity player. She was the leadoff bowler for two years and moved to the anchor position as a senior.
Brooks was the second-best bowler in the Catholic League with a 174 average and high game of 232. She bowled in every tournament game, averaging 179 with a high game of 246.
Brooks also helped the Marlins win two league championships, and she was an individual state qualifier this year.
At the regional, Brooks bowled four of the six games at 210 or higher and finished sixth, earning the right to represent Mercy at the state meet.
“Coaches Vicky and Mike Kowalski have enjoyed watching Ashlei improve every year and lead the team in her senior season,” Vicky Kowalski said.
Dana Iles, sr., Farm. Unified: Iles, a repeat member of the all-area second team, posted a 172 average in her senior season. A three-year letter winner, she had the 16th highest average in the OAA and was named to the all-league third team.
After finishing 11th in the regional and missing the opportunity to bowl in the state meet by one pin last year, Iles was seventh this year with a 199 average and six-game total of 1,192.
“After last year’s regional heartbreak, it would have been easy to give up during this year’s regional when she was struggling, but Dana is a finisher and finish she did with games of 230 and 202 to capture a place in state singles final,” Hermani said. “It is what sports should teach our athletes. If you want something, work extremely hard and never give up.”
Iles bowled a high game of 238 and high series of 449. Her best tournament finish was sixth place at the OAA singles tournament. Iles plans to continue bowling at the collegiate level and study chemistry.
Heather Lillystone, jr., Mercy: The left-handed Lillystone was a great leadoff bowler for the Marlins, according to coach Vicky Kowalski. She was the third-best bowler in the Catholic League with a 170 average and high game of 209.
A two-year varsity bowler, Lillystone bowled all but one tournament game, averaging 170 with a high game of 225. She was the runner-up in the league tournament and earned a place on the All-Catholic team.
“We look forward to Heather leading the team in her senior year as she moves to the anchor position,” Kowalski said. “We’re confident Heather will reach her goal of making it to the state finals after being so close after four games this year.”
Ashley Kolb, jr., John Glenn: Kolb registered an impressive 182 season average, which was a 19-pin improvement from her sophomore season. The owner of a sterling 3.9 grade-point average, Kolb was a first-team all-KLAA performer and she placed 13th at the regional competition.
“Ashley was the most-improved bowler on the team,” coach Ralph Cabildo said.
Shaelyn Wojewski, jr., Wayne: Wojewski was a key member of an up-and-coming Zebras team as she carved out a solid 171 average.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ralph Cabildo, John Glenn: Cabildo has orchestrated the building of a perennial powerhouse at John Glenn. The Rockets have racked up a record of 46-0 during his tenure as the head coach. They were ranked No. 1 for most of this past season and finished runner-up in the Division 1 team state tournament last season to Davison.
“These girls have worked very hard on improving their bowling along with their mental game,” Cabildo said. “I hope that their dedication and hard work continues throughout their bowling at John Glenn and into the future.”