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March 12, 2020
By: John Raffel

Frankenmuth bowlers compete in finals


SCHOOLS:

The boys varsity bowling team traveled to Jackson , Michigan to JAX Lanes this past Friday to participate in the Division 3 State finals for the first time in the programs history. The eagles found themselves leaving there hometown Thursday afternoon with a police escort out of town. The Eagles hit the lanes Thursday afternoon for a practice session on the oil pattern that they would be competing on. Things went well in practice and it gave the Eagles a lot of confidence going into the following days event.
The Eagles made there way through opening ceremonies and then it was down to business. There were 18 teams competing for 8 spots in the final stepladder format.

The tournament format was to bowl 8 Baker games of alternating shots then 2 regular 5 man Peterson games. The Eagles started with games of 163, 188 and 161. Not many strikes but good spare shooting kept the Eagles at a good pace to start. Then the Eagles turned it on with a lot of strikes starting to fall they threw games of 214, 190 and 180. Thats when things went a little wrong for the Eagles ...(We pretty much had one of those bad games where it all goes wrong firing a 113). But that run was short-lived as they fought back with a 171 on there 8th and final Baker game.

The Eagles found themselves right at the cut line in 8th place with 2 Peterson games to go. The first regular Peterson game saw the Eagles being led by Senior Logan Pickelmann throwing a clean 197 game and Hunter Garchow chipping in with a solid 171 helping the Eagles total an 860 game. With one game of qualifying left the Eagles needed one more solid game as they were the 8th place cut line. It did not start well for Muth as they missed a few spares and strikes were hard to come by. But the lead off man Cameron Severs started an epic run for the Eagles in the 7th frame by sparing and the rest of the team followed. The eagles only had one open frame in the final four frames.

Cameron also doubled in the 10th frame setting up a thundering finish from Brian Farnsworth throwing his final 5 strikes in a row for a 212 game. The Eagles finished with an 888 total and then they had to sit and wait to see if they made it to the final 8. There were so many teams that were right there at the cut line no one really new the results so the anticipation waiting for the announcement was very tense. They started announcing from the one seed on down and when they announced the number 6 seed with a total pin fall of 3128 the Frankenmuth Eagles the team and fans
burst into a roar of cheers.....We were in the big show for the first time EVER !

The Eagles ended up paired with number 3 seed Sanford Meridian. With a lunch break and the re-oiling of the lanes the Eagles struggled mightily the first game only firing a 137 to Sanford Meridians 209. Game 2 saw more of the same with the Eagles falling short 176 to 154. With only one game left the Eagles could not muster up a big run and fell 865 to 820.
Senior Brian Farnsworth did fire a very nice 227 game his last game of his high school career tying him with Ethan Krueger for all time career 200 games with 35. The Eagles officially ended up in 8th place overall. A total of 95 teams in Division 3 started the tournament 2 weekends ago and the Eagles finished 8th overall !!!! These boys gave everything they had and exceeded everyones expectations this season !!! great job fellas.