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Posted: 02/13/13

The Romeo varsity boys' bowling team was the Macomb County champions for 2013. Back row from left, Coach Mark Nelson, Alex Finn, Tyler Culver, Andrew Nelson and Joseph Seefried. Front row from left, Dylan Stokes and Coach Paul Stokes.

(Photo courtesy of Paul Stokes)

Romeo bowlers win
county championship

      The varsity boys once again demonstrated just how good they are with the win; and this time it was for a "major" - the Macomb County Championship.
       The Macomb County Championship, held at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights on Jan. 19, brings all of the teams from the county together each year and this field is considered one of the best the state can assemble in one venue.
       In qualifying, the Bulldogs were off to a very slow start but kept making adjustments and hung tough. After the second qualifying game, Romeo was 80 pins below the cut line. All the hard work and the many adjustments to the changing lane conditions paid off as they put together a nice third game to gain 50 pins on the field and were only 30 pins below the cut line.
       This season, Romeo has been an excellent Baker team and now everyone in Macomb County will agree. They carried the momentum into the Baker portion of the qualifying and finished with a 257-207-202-(232) and picked up over 100 pins on the field, vaulting them into the 11th seed and into the finals.
       The finals are 3 Baker games total pins. Romeo's first opponent was a very good Ford II team that qualified 6th. Both teams bowled well and put up great Baker scores with Romeo advancing 223-215-223 (661) over Ford II 221-202-215 (638). The Bulldogs faced the very strong and number 3 seed Utica team in the quarter finals.
       Again, both teams bowled well and Romeo was able to get a lead in game one and carried that forward winning 191-235-181 (602) to 177-183-162 (522). The semi-finals became the "32 Mile Road Battle" as two close proximity programs, Romeo and division 3 number 5 ranked in the state, Richmond sqared off. Richmond was bowling excellent having put up two 3 game sets of 679 and 657 prior to facing Romeo. The Bulldogs once again got the lead in game one bowling phenomenal putting up a 247-193- 224 (664) to Richmond's 146-200-165 (511).
       In the finals, Romeo faced the Division 1 number 2 ranked team in the state Dakota. As if they were not bowling well enough before, Romeo kicked it up a notch saving the best for last. They started the first game with an excellent 258, then followed that up with 225 and 235 for a three game 718 set. Dakota bowled solid as well with a 205-194-225 (624). The Bulldogs averaged 221.6 for 16 Baker games in the tournament.
       All five Romeo athletes bowled excellent in the Baker matches and had some nice scores during the qualifying; Dylan Stokes, 241; Tyler Culver, 194-237; Andrew Nelson, 195; Joseph Seefried, 232 and Alex Finn, 202-190-202.
       The varsity girls also bowled well and qualified for the afternoon finals at number 16. The girls started solid in game one of qualifying and as the lane conditions changed, the girls needed to make adjustments, falling behind the field in game two.
       Like the boys, the girls worked through the rough spell and made adjustments picking up pins on the field in game three. And just like the boys, once the Baker portion of the tournament started, the girls finished strong to make the finals with a 192-156-160-189.
       In the finals, the girls bowled against the top qualifier and Division 1 number 6 ranked Dakota. After the two teams tied in game one, Dakota began to pull away and outscored Romeo 165-169-210 (544) to 165-143-143 (451).
       All five of the girls bowled well including personal bests for Shana Torkelson, and solid team play by Victoria Paquette, co-captains Stephanie Seefried, Kaitlin Lowran, and Kayla Rziemkowski.
       Romeo joined the MAC White division this year and three of the boys' teams from the division finished well in Macomb County with Anchor Bay finishing 3rd and Roseville in the top 8 and led all teams in qualifying. To top it all off, the Cousino Girls also won the Macomb County Crown.
       Varsity girls qualified for the finals at the Macomb County Championships.
       The JV boys also did well in the county tournament and made it to the finals in the afternoon. The Bulldogs had a slow start in game one but made some nice adjustments in game two and put together a solid score placing them in the middle of the pack in qualifying. Like the varsity teams, the JV boys had a solid Baker set and qualified in 13th for the afternoon finals. Co-captain Kirk Lighcap bowled excellent and medaled coming in 7th place in the singles with a 230-213-181 (630). Logan Schult, Blake Sparks, Adam Nelson, and Jake Peyerk bowled well as a team working hard all day to pick up on the adjustments to help the team earn a berth in the finals.
       The Bulldogs faced Dakota in the first round of the finals. They competed well and after the first game of the 3 game total pin fall match, they were down by 8 pins. Dakota found their rhythm and Romeo had a few bad breaks and did not match up as well as Dakota in game two losing by 79. In the final Baker game, Romeo bowled solid but could not make up the pins falling to Dakota 571-489.

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