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Posted: 03/27/13

Members of the bowling team from left, Andrew Nelson, Patrick Brunkey, Tyler Culver, Dylan Stokes, Joseph Seefried, Jake Peyerk and Alex Finn.

(Photo courtesy of Paul Stokes)

Late rally at State not
enough for bowlers

Seefried and Finn narrowly miss finals in singles

      The varsity boys made the trek March 1 and 2 to the west side of the state to compete in the Division 1 MHSAA (Michigan High School Athletic Association) team and singles championships at Northway Lanes in Muskegon.
       Romeo bowled well after a slow start on the very difficult Kegel Middle Road challenge series lane pattern. The Bulldogs started slow in the Baker portion of the competition as they struggled to adjust to the lane conditions.
       "Like all season long, there was no quit in the team and members began building momentum as they started to find their line," said Coach Paul Stokes.
       Romeo made a furious run in the final qualifying game with Dylan Stokes stringing the first six strikes in a row. Despite the charge, it was not enough to make the top eight match play portion of the event and Romeo finished 12th at State. Senior Co-captain Andrew Nelson, Joseph Seefried, Tyler Culver, Alex Finn, Jake Peyerk and Stokes all were extremely focused and competitive during the entire event. Senior Co-captain Kirk Lightcap was unable to make the trip but was in close contact electronically with the Romeo fans to follow the action.
       The singles portion of the MHSAA championships was held on Saturday March 2. Finn and Seefried both qualified from Region 4 and competed in the event. Both athletes had good strategies for the challenging lane conditions and came very close to making the top 16 match play elimination round with Finn finishing in 20th and Seefried 31st in the state. The finishes were big accomplishments for both Romeo athletes.
       "It was a great showing for Romeo after qualifying for the first time for the MHSAA State Finals," said Stokes. "There were a lot of good lessons learned by the team and they have already started working on improvements to their games. To provide a glimpse of next season, consider this - after the long day of bowling on very difficult conditions, the team went back to the hotel for an hour and a half to rest, and were back at the bowling center working out on the very lane conditions that perplexed them earlier that day to prepare for the next time they face the pattern."
       Romeo will return six of eight players from the MHSAA finals roster during next year's season.

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