It was an exciting weekend for the Wildcat Bowling program. Not only would 12 individual bowlers be vying for spots at the state finals but both varsity teams would be fighting for their season to continue. There would be 16 Division 1 teams from as far as Traverse city bowling for just 3 spots at the state finals next weekend. The field was strong as ranked teams like Lake Orion, Davison, Lapeer and Midland would be at Richfield bowl in flint to battle for the chance at a State title in Allen Park.
The girls held off a strong Flushing team by a mere 16 pins to capture their 3rd regional crown and first since 2012. This is the fourth year in a row for the girls and they will be able to defend the State Title they won last year.
"The girls really bowled as a team. Everyone on the roster contributed and played a roll in bringing this title home. This team has a great will to win and never quits. They will be a contender in Allen Park," said head coach Junior Lafnear.
The boys won only their 2nd Regional title and first since 2009 by beating a feisty Lapeer team and a real strong team from Midland. The Wildcat Boys were in first or second from the start and really took control in the regular games. The Oxford bowlers rolled the high team score in both the first (992) and second rounds (1002) and coasted to the title over Lapeer by 69 pins.
"This is a young team and their first appearance at regionals for most of them. They were strong and stayed focused all day. They really show incredible maturity and I'm very proud of the performance. It's been a long time since we've won a regional and these boys brought it home today," said Coach Lafnear.
It was awesome as well on Saturday as 12 individuals from Oxford took to the lanes in singles action. The Girls had 84 bowlers bowling for only 10 spots and the boys had 89 bowlers shooting for the top 10. Oxford's Megan Armbruster was the only girl to advance as she finished 2nd with an incredible effort of 1307 for the 6 games. She Averaged over 217 and only missed winning the region by 15 pins. All the Oxford girls bowled well with 5 of the 6 finishing in the top 30.
The boys had 3 bowlers keep the dream of a state title alive. Collin Massie finished 7th, Justin Powell ended up in 5th and Luke Acton finished 2nd. Luke made a bid at the title with a 258 in the final game missing the top spot by just 3 pins. Luke averaged 223 for the 6 games and was solid from start to finish. Oxford had 5 of the 6 boys that bowled finishing in the top 35.
"These bowlers represented the program and the school today with style and class. I was extremely proud of the effort and sportsmanship they showed all day long. The hard work they have put in showed today and I am excited to get started next weekend," finished Coach Lafnear.
The Teams and the individuals bowl at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park on Friday and Saturday March 1st and 2nd. To watch live, visit https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/explore/live#