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March 06, 2020
By: John Raffel

Frankenmuth boys head for state


SPORTS:

For the first time in the Frankenmuth Boys Bowling program they are headed to the MHSAA State Finals ! This past Friday they competed in the Regional event at Alert lanes in Bay City in a field of 18 teams. The competition format was to bowl 6 Baker Games and 3 standard Peterson games. The Eagles soared right from the start firing 179, 178 and then a whopping 233 in the first 3 Bakers taking a commanding lead over the field. Having to change lanes several times made things a little more difficult but the Eagles then fired 156, 202 and a 158 to finish of the 6 game Baker set. The eagles averaged 184 for there 6 Baker games and took a 33 pin lead over the 2nd place Birch run Panthers going into the 3 Peterson games.


The Eagles momentum continued in the first game firing a 919 game being lead by Hunter Garchow 230, Logan Pickelmann 191. The Second Peterson the Eagles lead off man Cameron severs and anchor man Brian Farnsworth took over rolling a bunch of strikes and leading the eagles to a whopping 937, Brian Farnsworth 226, Cameron severs 209. This gave the Eagles a 109 pin advantage over second place Flint Powers Catholic with one game remaining. The Eagles found strikes tough to come buy for the first half of the game but decent spare shooting kept them going. The eagles made some bowling ball changes and some line adjustments about mid game that turned things around.

Bowling on the lanes right next to Flint Powers Catholic the Eagles could see they were putting together a lot of strikes and they new they needed to finish strong. Cameron Severs started the 10th with 3 fantastic strikes and the team and the crowd ignited the Eagles for one last push to the finish line. Up stepped newly converted two handed bowler specialist sophomore Michael Carter, Michael was working on a strike in the 9th and threw 2 huge strikes in the 10th to really put the pressure on Flint Powers as they were starting to open in there 10th frames. Senior Brian Farnsworth finished off the 10th frame with a thundering strike and a huge roar from the crowd. But up stepped the number 4 bowler from Flint Powers Catholic and he answered with 2 big strikes sealing the win for them by 23 pins.

Cameron severs 197 and Brian Farnsworth 188 paced the Eagles the last game. The top 3 teams earn a spot in the State Finals next Friday at Jax lanes in Jackson, Michigan. Along with Flint Catholic Powers and Frankenmuth the Birch Run Panthers Finished 3rd and also are headed to Jackson. Just to show how incredibly tough the Tri - Valley East Conference was this season out of 18 teams from the Region here is the order of finish 2nd Frankenmuth, 3rd Birch Run, 4th Swan Valley, 5th Essexville Garber and 6th Bridgeport. Thats just from the eastern conference !!!! We have some fantastic young talent here in our local area. The Eagles will face 17 other teams from around the state in a field of 18 this Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. The State Finals format will be 8 Baker games and 2 Peterson games of qualifying. Then there will be a cut to the top 8 scoring teams. From there it will be head to head competition 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7 ect. in a 2 baker 1 Peterson set. The Eagles are fired up for this wonder full opportunity.


This past Saturday also saw the singles competition take place at the same location. The Eagles had a very strong showing being lead by Junior Hunter Garchow in 18th place Cameron severs 27th, Brian Farnsworth 28th and Logan Pickelmann 29th Zach Schmitzer 82nd and Alec Martin 89th out of a field of 98 Bowlers.