The Oxford Wildcats traveled to 5-Star Lanes to bowl in the 2020 Oakland County Championships on Saturday February 8th. There were 29 teams from Oakland county with 2 of the top 10 teams in the state participating. Farmington, Lake Orion, Waterford Mott, Waterford Kettering, South Lyon East were just some of the schools that would battle for the title.
The Wildcats came out with their best team game of the year 977 in game 1. They bowled well in the qualifying round earning the number 4 seed. Powerhouse Farmington was the number 1 seed scoring 375 pins ahead of Oxford and Lake Orion was 211 pins higher during qualifying to earn the second spot.
Match play was 2 baker games with the highest pin count moving on. The first round of match play pitted the Cats against Walled Lake Central. Oxford won 321 to WLC 286. This matched the Wildcats up with the number 3 seed South Lyon East. The Wildcats jumped on SLE in game 1 173 to 135 and held on to the win 359 to 337. This match the Wildcats up against a familiar foe Farmington. Farmington is the 5th ranked team in the state and just beat Oxford 26 to 4 weeks before. The Girls shot their best baker game of the day, 204 to Farmington's 173 and cruised to a 363 to 332 victory. This would advance the Wildcats into the finals versus another state ranked team, Lake Orion. The Dragons are ranked 4th in the state and sit atop the OAA Red division tied with Oxford. The Wildcats won game one 191 to 187 to take a 4-pin lead. Game 2 was back and forth and went right down to the last frames. The Dragons opened in the 10th frame while the Wildcats shot strikes in the 9th and 10th to tie the mighty Dragons at 159. The 4- pin victory in game one would prove to be the difference and brought home the title.
This is the second Oakland County Championship for the Girls and the 2 in 3 years.
Mya Bruno was a medal winner with a top 10 game of 234.
"What an unbelievable effort by these young ladies. We really hit some clutch shots and never got down all day. The entire team contributed and when they were asked to step up, they did. We didn't shoot any unbelievable scores, but we did what we needed to do when we needed to do it." - Head Coach JR Lafnear