Things are hitting the pocket just right so far this season for Canton’s varsity boys bowling team.
On Saturday at Super Bowl Lanes in Canton, the Chiefs won the Plymouth-Canton-Salem Tournament with 2,656 pins — nipping University of Detroit-Jesuit (2,653) and Wayne Memorial (2,644).
But further evidence of how the season is going came when Canton head coach Karl Brubaker found out one of his varsity players could not participate due to a personal matter. No worries
“I took an up and coming freshman (DJ Jablonski) with us for the day and I had to use him for the second game of the tournament,” noted Brubaker in an e-mail to the Observer. “All he did was bowl 225 that game. … He makes the coach look real good in that situation.”
Brubaker was joking about that, but the way Jablonski stepped up in an emergency must have the coach feeling pretty enthusiastic about what the team can accomplish this year. The PCS tourney win was Canton’s third already.
Among other area squads, Westland John Glenn came in fifth with a tally of 2,529 pins, followed by Novi-Detroit Catholic Central (sixth, 2,520), Salem (seventh, 2,466) and Plymouth (ninth, 2,398).
Team tallies included individual totals along with scores from four baker games.
Leading the individual standings was Catholic Central’s Joey Kryzwonos, with a 256-220-276 series. Brandon June of the Zebras placed second (213-243-256), while John Glenn’s Jared Stevens took third with a 192-234-426 series.
Among Plymouth-Canton Educational Park bowlers, Plymouth’s Nick Ray placed seventh (226-192-418) and Salem’s Shane Rusinek took ninth (221-187-408).
Other Canton high series performers included Jacob Peltz (13th, 191-208-399), Joshua Criscenti (15th, 207-186-393), Aaron Madsen (30th, 175-191-366) and Tyler Pozan (51st, 150-177-327).
In 19th with a 159-229-388 series was Salem’s Tony Przytulski. In 24th overall was Plymouth’s Jordan Orzech (191-190-381).
Also cracking the top 50 were Salem’s Mitchell Rusinek (35th, 198-154-352) and Plymouth’s Kevin Shimko (37th, 183-168-351).
Varsity girls results
On the girls side, Westland John Glenn and Farmington Hills Mercy went 1-2 (2,642-2,374) at the top of the varsity standings.
The lone Park team in the top-10 standings was Salem, finishing sixth with 2,156 pins.
Canton came in 11th, although Meghan Macunovich’s series of 172-198-370 earned her sixth overall. Finishing first was John Glenn’s Emily Dietz, with a 225-237-462 total.
Placing 13th in team standings was Plymouth (1,878), with Lauren Vincent’s 192-167-359 series good for 11th overall.
Leading the Rocks in the individual results was Brynna Samuels, who placed 12th with a 183-176-359 top series.
Other local finishers were: Salem’s Rachel Lopez (32nd, 122-173-295), Leah Boucha (34th, 167-126-293); Plymouth’s Nicole Marshall (38th, 160-117-277), Elizabeth Nicholson (48th, 136-121-257), Ashley Bressler (51st, 137-110-247) and Canton’s Megan Peldo (46th, 134-125-259), Shivani Patel (49th, 119-137-256) and Maranda McMaster (55th, 95-141-236).
JV Rocks roll
Meanwhile, in the boys junior varsity tournament, Salem’s A team prevailed with 2,604 pins, well ahead of Canton’s A team (second, 2,304) and University of Detroit-Jesuit (third, 2,278).
The Rocks also had the top three performers, Brendan Kwapis (435), Alex Mattson (389) and Jake Kurth (372).
In sixth for the Rocks was Nathan Turi, who threw a 200 game en route to a 347 series.
Plymouth’s top bowlers were Michael Koski (ninth, 342), Justin O’Shaughnessy (13th, 325) and Nathan Stoeckle (19th, 308).
Canton was led by Teddy Lang (10th, 334) and Andrew Nosay (12th, 329).
Tecumseh won the JV girls tourney with 1,859, with Canton placing fourth (1,568).
Making the top 10 among Canton JV girls were Sabby Srivastava (seventh, 252), Danielle Drechnowicz (ninth, 244) and Kayla Pearson (10th, 238).