2017-03-02 / Sports

3 Lakers headed to state finals

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE bowlers Shelby Charlton (left) and Nichole Cox (right) flank Glen Lake coach Ashley Parent at regionals in Gaylord last weekend. Charlton and Cox, who are both seniors, qualified for states individually with top-10 finishes. GLEN LAKE bowlers Shelby Charlton (left) and Nichole Cox (right) flank Glen Lake coach Ashley Parent at regionals in Gaylord last weekend. Charlton and Cox, who are both seniors, qualified for states individually with top-10 finishes. Shelby Charlton won’t be the lone Glen Lake representative at the Division 4 bowling finals this year.

A trio of Glen Lake bowlers — Charlton, Nichole Cox and Tristen Witkowski — punched tickets to the Division 4 singles competition by turning in a top-10 regional finish at Gaylord Bowling Center on Saturday.

“As a coach, there is nothing more satisfying than having two of your girls finish in the top 10,” said Glen Lake girls coach Ashley Parent, a former state finalist at Traverse City West.

Individuals rolled six games apiece Saturday in singles competitions.

Charlton, who finished 37th among 60 bowlers individually in the 2016 state finals, tallied a total pinfall of 987 (181-181-164-143-162-156) to finish eighth in a field of 73 girls.

“Shelby wasn’t throwing many strikes, but she was picking up her spares which helped her maintain solid games,” Parent said.

Cox, who finished 11th in the Great Northwest Bowling Conference finals, made the cut in ninth place with a 964 (149-172-132-144-211- 156).

The Lady Lakers placed seventh in a field of 11 teams with a 2,592.

Ina Vander Werff finished 17th with an 891; Annie Lively landed in 31st place with an 802; Lili Kaastra finished 40th with a 740; and Breanna Geiger finished 45th with a 728.

Stephanie Marx of Rogers City finished first individually on the girls side with a 1,077. Traverse City Christian, Rogers City and Oscoda placed first, second and third, respectively.

On the boys side, Witkowski finished 10th in the 75-man field with a 1,085 (213-191-150-173-172-186) — which was just good enough to beat out a 1,083 from TC Christian’s Ethan Haldaman and a 1,082 from Roger City’s Daniel Bielas.

The Glen Lake boys placed fifth in a field of 10 teams with a 3,397.

“The boys needed some 200-plus games and less 130 games for them to qualify,” Glen Lake boys coach Rod Parent said. “All boys saw the need for more strikes and more spares.”

Josh Zientek rolled a 1,047 to finish 15th; Zach Gushurst tallied a 1,005 to finish 21st; Jake Palmer penciled a 943 to place 31st; Jake Penny rolled an 848 to finish in a tie for 49th; and Ed Pleva finished one pin behind in 51st place with an 847.

Tyler Watkins of Whittemore- Prescott placed first individually on the boys side with a 1,192. Top team finishers were Rogers City, Oscoda and Elk Rapids, respectively.

“Both Glen Lake teams bowled very well and displayed good sportsmanship throughout the weekend,” Rod Parent said. “Ashley and I are proud of the teams for good scoring and good behavior. We wish to thank all bowlers and parents for a job well done.”

Glen Lake’s state qualifiers will travel to Lansing Friday before Saturday’s singles competition at Royal Scot Bowling Center, which starts at 8 a.m.

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