The JV State Championships were held across the state February 18-19. Hartland competed in Division 1 at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights. This was a two day event, with individual bowlers competing on Saturday and teams competing on Sunday.
The Boys individuals started with 168 bowlers. They bowled three games, and the bowlers with the 32 highest pin totals moved on to the elimination rounds. Devin Guibord, Mark Martin, Bob Goldsmith, Dominik Maas, Michael Barlette, Zeph Goldstein and Riley Griffin bowled for Hartland, coached by Bryan Howes and Ted Ostapchuk. Martin and Griffin made the cut and moved on to bracket play, which consisted of single head to head games.
Riley Griffin was the 32nd seed, with a 574 series. In round 1, Griffin threw 211 in a thriller, knocking out the 1st seed from Utica who threw a 182. He faced a bowler from Farmington-Harrison in the 2nd round, but fell 173-191.
Mark Martin was the 19th seed with a 598. Martin defeated a Farmington-Harrison bowler, 184-159 in round one. He defeated a Clarkston bowler 197-174 in the second round. Next, he beat a Waterford Mott bowler, 191-177. In the semi-final match, he defeated the bowler that knocked out Griffin, 194-185. The final was a nail-biter, with the momentum switching back and forth between the two bowlers. When all was said and done, however, Martin was defeated by the winner from Clarkston by one pin. One pin.
Great bowling, boys!
The JV Girls competition began with 82 bowlers, and again the top 32 moved on to bracket play. Brianna Vincent, Brittany Salyers, Jess Callaghan, Rebecca Paris, Natalie Fisher and Taylor Hutchinson from the Girls JV team represented Hartland, coached by Bob Brewer and Mark McClure. Paris, Salyers and Fisher each made the cut and moved on to bracket play.
Natalie Fisher was the 24th seed with a 411, and Brittany Salyers was the 19th seed with a 447. Fisher was eliminated by a bowler from Oxford, and Salyers was defeated by a bowler from Dakota, both in the first round.
Rebecca Paris was the 18th seed with a 451. Paris knocked out the 15th seed from Henry Ford, 133-129 in round one. She faced a bowler from Warren Mott in the next round but did not move on.
Congratulations to all of our JV bowlers! Well done!