The GR boys bowling team has had an amazing couple of weeks leading up to the D4 State Tournament being held next weekend at Royal Scot Lanes in Lansing Friday March 3 & Saturday March 4, 2017.
The team won their league division on Monday February 13, 2017 and placed second Saturday February 18th in the Catholic League.
The D4 Regional tournament they bowled in was held Friday (team event) February 24 & Saturday (singles) February 25, 2017 at Cherry Hill Lanes in Dearborn Heights and was one of six Regional tournament sites and consisted of 12 boys teams to start the day.
Friday – TEAM
The boys (Stasiu Taraszkiewicz, Sebastian McWilliams, Ethan Lozon, Isaac McWilliams, Gabriel Parks, Kyle Senkowski and Andrew Boortz) started off slow in the 6 Baker / 3 individual game format. Their first 3 baker games ranged from 130 – 137, then they turned it around slightly with baker games of 164, 125 & 161 putting them in 6th place with the 3 individual games remaining. They gained a little ground in the first individual game shooting a combined score of 715, followed by a second game of 857 to move them into 4th place (only the top 3 teams move on to States). Trailing Allen Park Cabrini by 109 pins going in to the third and final game of the day, the boys shot an 841 to Cabrini’s 708. Waiting for the results to be tallied the team was unsure of their success of finishing in the top 3, figuring at best they would be third. When Cabrini was announced as the third place qualifier, the boys thought they may have gotten edged out of the top 3, but in the end they were announced next as the second place qualifier with a total score of 3264, 26 pins over AP Cabrini and 275 pins behind the tournament leader Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest.
Overview of the boys games:
Game 1 was led by Gabriel Parks with a 162.
Game 2 had strong scores of 207 by Kyle Senkowski (his highest score ever in competition), 192 by Sebastian McWilliams, 182 by Stasiu Taraszkiewicz and a 178 by Ethan Lozon.
Game 3 had 2 high scores, a 194 by Gabriel Parks and a 178 by Stasiu Taraszkiewicz.
Saturday – SINGLES
The Regional singles match on Saturday February 25, 2017 with 64 bowlers competing, consisted of 6 individual games bowled by each of our 6 bowlers: Stasiu Taraszkiewicz, Sebastian McWilliams, Ethan Lozon, Gabriel Parks, Kyle Senkowski & Andrew Boortz – a true test of consistency & endurance.
After game 1 for the day – GR had three qualifiers in the top 10 – Stasiu 206, Andrew 187 & Ethan 183 with Sebastian shooting a 166 for 19th place. After game 2, Andrew and Gabe fell back slightly while Stasiu continued with a 178 and Ethan with a 169. By the end of game 3, Ethan fell back with a 115 while Stasiu continued to cement his place in the top 3 with a 210 game and Sebastian making a move with a 197. In game 4, Stasiu moved into 1st place with a 211 with Sebastian still moving forward with a 168 game. In games 5 & 6, Stasiu shot 174 & 173 while Sebastian put up a 194 & 166 for total pin falls of 1152 & 1132 respectively. Recognizing the close scores of the entire field of bowlers, Stasiu realized he had a chance at finishing in 1st place, while Sebastian knew he would be close to the top 10 cut off. In the end, Stasiu came out on top – 10 pins over the second place finisher to become the 4th GR Regional Champion in the last 7 years!! Sebastian unfortunately, finished in 11th place, just 1 pin behind the 10th place score cutoff of 1033. GR had 3 bowlers in the top 20!
Singles Totals Recap for the day:
Stasiu Taraszkiewicz 1st place – 1152
Sebastian McWilliams 11th place – 1032
Ethan Lozon 17th place – 964
Kyle Senkowski 42nd place – 838
Gabriel Parks 45th place – 810
Andrew Boortz 47th place – 788
“To have the stamina and endurance to be able to bowl 6 games accurately and consistently is very difficult.” Coach Stempien said. “We had a few bowlers new to the team who did an amazing job of never giving up!!” Coach added. “Congratulations to each and every one of you on your accomplishment this past weekend – you have made your coaches very proud!” Coach said.
A week after becoming the first GR girls team to win the Catholic League bowling crown, the girls went into the regionals at Cherry Hill on an up-note. THe team event was Friday
morning and the individual event was Saturday
On Friday, the team of Courtney Catalano, Carly Elsesser (team captain), Shelbi Martin, Rochelle Podsaid, Amaya Farrell, Sandy Cislo, and Alyssa Wladysiak bowled 6 Baker and 3 team games. Of the 9 teams participating, only 3 would advance to the state finals. The girls started off a bit slowly but maintained their composure and bowled 6 consistent bakers to trail only Cabrini heading into the team games. They held their position thru all 3 team games to finish in 2nd place, 325 pins ahead of MH Bishop Foley, becoming the first GR girls bowling team to qualify for the state finals.
For Saturdays singles event, the six upperclassmen took to the lanes to see if they could qualify for the individual state championship. The top 10 individual girls would qualify for the state championship. The girls would bowl 6 games across six different sets of lanes. Courtney Catalano would bowl consistently all day, averaging over 150 to qualify in 2nd place. Rochelle Podsaid finished with a 177-163 rampage her last two games to qualify in in 6th place. Just missing the top 10 was Carly Elsesser (12th), Sandy Cislo (15th), and Shelbi Martin (16th), putting 5 GR girls in the top 16 places. Amaya Farrell rounded out the squad by coming in 23rd.