The Season started for the 2018 –2019 Oxford Varsity Bowling team in Novi. The Wildcats traveled to Novi Bowl to participate in the 13 Annual Early-Bird Tournament hosted by the North Farmington Varsity Bowling Team. Strong programs like Lake Orion, Farmington Harrison , Catholic Central and Clarkston would join the Wildcats in the field. The Oxford girls finished 3rd in this event last year and the boys won the event.
The Oxford girls bowled the 6 baker games and held a slim lead over Lake Orion and Farmington Harrison. Then they bowled a sub par 763-team game and found themselves looking up at the Dragons and Harrison. That's when the 2018 State Champions went to work. The girls rallied in the second team game with a 909 game. This moved them into second place 52 pins behind Lake Orion. Then the Cats led by senior Co-Captain Megan Armbruster's 238 game went off in the final game. Grace Meyer shot 222, Savanna Barnes 205 and Co-Captain Claire Sandstrom 199 to shoot an incredible 1010 game. The Oxford girls were the only girls in the tournament with a game over 1000. Lake Orion shot a 976 in game 3 so the Wildcats were crowned Champions by a mere 1 pin.
Armbruster also shot games of 194 and 215 and was second overall in the tournament with a fine 647 series.
"The girls showed toughness today. They bowled as a team and everyone pitched in. Everyone had a roll in this Championship from the seniors to the girls coming off the bench. I really like the make up of this team." - Head Coach JR Lanear
The Oxford Varsity boys won this event with a senior heavy team in 2017 and had high expectations going into the 2018 tournament. Those expectations were quickly dashed by poor baker games and the Wildcats were looking like also rans after 6 baker games.
That's when Jr. Co-Captain Luke Acton took control. Luke shot games of 202,255 and 267 to lead the Wildcats and the entire field with an impressive 724 series. The Wildcats shot games of 1003, 976, and 1022 to rebound and finish 2nd in this years event.
Other Wildcats that shot well were Collin Massie 203, Tony Verbeke 200, Justin Sisson 218 and Justin Powell 207.
"The team showed both their talent and their youth today. It's going to be a stronger team by the end of the year and with the talent we have the sky is the limit. It will be a roller coaster ride but it will be fun."