2018-03-08 / Sports

Lady Hornets win fifth consecutive state title

By Sports Staff

The Kearsley girls team shows off their fifth consecutive Div. 2 state title. 
Photo provided The Kearsley girls team shows off their fifth consecutive Div. 2 state title. Photo provided CANTON – The Kearsley girls’ bowling team had a dominate weekend at both the Div. 2 individual and state finals. Imari Blond finished second as an individual and the team won its fifth consecutive state title, marking its sixth in the last seven years.

In the individual final, Blond rolled a 1,207 total with games of 187, 211, 212, 227, 199 and 171 to qualify as the number one seed. Barbara Hawes was the number two seed with a 1,072 with a 134, 224, 237, 211, 164 and 202. Alexis Roof also made the top 16, to qualify as the number 14 seed with a 1,070 with a 184, 189, 163, 165, 200 and 169.

Blond took down Jordyn Carroll of Huron, 373-370. In the quartfinals, Blond defeated Adrians Shayleen Helf, 426-365 and followed it up with a 386-343 win over Huron’s Danielle McComb. In the final match, Blond was topped by Sydney Urban on Wayland, 409-356.

Hawes took down teammate roof, 433-415 in the first head-to-head match. Hawes then set aside Emily Gurin of Dearborn Heights Annapolis, 414-384. Hawes was then defeated by eventual champion Urben, 359-366, to place third.

Karlee Griffin was also in action for the Hornet, placing 33rd overall with 987 and Emma Boychuk finished at 40th with a 976.

For the boys, Jake Reid finished 29th overall with a 180, 197, 196, 185, 182 and 184 for a 1,124 total. Chase Gebhardt finished 57th with a 167, 147, 116, 167, 187 and 185 for a 969 total.

The Kearsley girls qualified as the number one seed after throwing Bakers of 159, 219, 175, 196, 147, 144 and 194 with team games of 830 and 910 for a 3,139 total. In the team matchups, Kearsley defeated Sturgis, 1,202-1,149, Carleton Airport, 1,113-974, and Tecumseh, 1,186- 990.

In the final match, the Lady Hornets threw Bakers of 143 and 184. Hawes set the pace with a 186. Boychuk threw a 173, Roof 173, Blond 169 and Griffin 158.

The Kearsley boys were sixth overall after losing their first team matchup against New Boston Huron, 1,277-1,359. Kearsley qualified as the seventh seed with Bakers of 173, 182, 210, 167, 189, 240, 226 and 147 and team games of 903 and 940 for a 3,368 total. – K.R.


The Bendle boys had two individuals competing in the individual state finals on Saturday. Nick Love finished 41st overall after rolling a 150, 156, 190, 151, 166 and 174 for a 987 total in the qualifying rounds. Logan Counts was 57th with a 166, 133, 148, 132, 147 and 136 for an 862 total.

Rylee Lambert was the top Bendle girl, finishing sixth overall. Lambert qualified as the fifth seed after rolling a 1,097 with games of 174, 189, 177, 204, 186 and 167. Lambert then took down Faith Kaltz of Dryden, 336-287, but lost to Raegen Eller of Lincoln Alcona, 325-323.

Faith Lynn qualified as the sixth seed with 1,089 with games of 214, 169, 189, 152, 158 and 207. Lynn then lost her opening match to Grass Lake’s Desirae Buhler, 352-299.

On Friday, the Bendle boys competed in the team final, finishing 18th overall. The Tigers rolled Baker games of 151, 160, 167, 157, 157, 157 and 137 and team games of 705 and 697 for a 2,606 total.

The Bendle girls also competed, finishing seventh. The Lady Tigers opened the day with Bakers of 153, 140, 175, 166, 115, 137, 134 and 92 with team games of 746 and 871 to make the top eight as the third seed. Bendle lost its opening head-to-head match, 1,216-1,110, against Oscoda.

The Wolverines competed at the state meet as well, with the girls placing 17th in the team round on Friday.

“It was a good season for the girls,” said Atherton coach Don Lambert. “They are a young team and hope to improve and qualify again next year.”

In the Saturday Singles competition, Jacob Lanter finished 39th.

“As a freshman, he has lots of potential,” said Lambert. “He will look to improve and qualify again next season.” – K.R./L.P.

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