Plymouth-Canton Educational Park bowlers are rattling the pins with regularity these days.
Such was the case at the Farmington Hills Mercy Invitational Feb. 14 at Drakeshire Lanes.
In the varsity boys’ tournament, Canton (4,527 pins) and Salem (4,390) finished 1-2 in the team standings and also had the top bowlers in the individual results.
Canton’s Aaron Madsen was overall medalist with a 752 series (235-239-278) while Salem’s Mitchell Rusinek placed second with a 736 total (213-279-244).
Right behind them in sixth place was Jacob Peltz of the Chiefs, who finished with a 681 for the day (233-233-215). In eighth was Salem’s Tony Przytulski’s 639 (264-198-177).
Just missing the top-10 were Salem’s Zach Gonyea (13th, 620), Canton’s Dom Dimaya (14th, 616), Tyler Pozan (15th, 615) and Plymouth’s Bryce Smith (16th, 612).
“Josh Criscenti only bowled one game for us that day but had a 269,” Chiefs’ head coach Karl Brubaker said. “He struggled early in the day, we took him out and he came back strong.”
In fifth place was Plymouth (3,320), led by Smith’s solid performance.
Other Park varsity boys bowlers finishing in the top-25 were Salem’s Tyler Ridgeway (19th, 607), Plymouth’s Donald Blevins (22nd, 598) and Plymouth’s Jordan Orzech (25th, 583).
Not to be outdone was Meghan Macunovich of the Canton varsity girls bowling team, who earned medalist honors with a 743 series (250-290-203).
Macunovich helped the Chiefs finish third in the team standings, with 3,417 pins (behind Farmington/Harrison, 3,970 and South Lyon East, 3,589).
Salem’s girls varsity placed sixth with 3,153 pins. Leading the Rocks was Brynna Samuels, who finished seventh overall with a 556 series (242-135-179).
Other Park girls in the top-25 were Salem’s Rachel Lopez (17th, 499), Canton’s Maranda McMaster (20th, 485), Plymouth’s Lauren Vincent (24th, 461) and Salem’s Leah Boucha (25th, 450).
The three Park schools also took JV boys teams to the tourney. Salem won with 4,116 pins, followed by Canton (3,862). In fifth with 3,320 pins was Plymouth.
In the top two spots in the JV tourney were Salem’s Jacob Kurth (first, 668) and Canton’s David Hess (second, 633).
Others in the top-10 included Salem’s Alex Mattson (fifth, 577), Canton’s D J Jablonski (sixth, 573) and Plymouth’s Mike Koski (seventh, 558).
“It was a great day for the Park teams on Saturday,” Brubaker said.
At Sunday’s Valentine’s Day Invitational at Novi Bowl, Canton’s varsity boys team won with 4,000 pins, besting South Lyon (second, 3,866) and Salem (third, 3,748).
In the girls’ individual standings, Canton’s Macunovich (598) and Salem’s Samuels (577) finished 1-2 respectively.