A busy week on the lanes means postponing Mining Journal Bowler of the Week until next week.
With high school bowlers making big news, we'll let their elders start us off.
In the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association annual tournament on Saturday at Superior Lanes in Marquette, Keith Dickson rolled a perfect 300 game in a 707 series during doubles competition. I heard it was on the exact same pair of lanes, 7 and 8, that he bowled his first 300 just 3 months ago in the Wednesday Industrial League.
That was only a warm-up for Sunday as reported to me by association manager Kris Holm. Not only was another 300 thrown, by John "Vinny" LaCombe in a 767 series during team play, but a 299 was put up by Tom Seeke, also in team, in a 765 set. He left a 10-pin on his final ball.
Then there were the 800s - first, an 803 by Andy Pool in doubles with Seeke as his partner, on games of 279, 267 and 257, followed by an 813 by Justin Stephens in singles as he rolled 258, 277 and 278.
This was just the first weekend of the tourney, which concludes this weekend. Shifts are at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, stop by Superior Lanes or Country Lanes in Ishpeming for an entry blank, or call Superior at 225-9230.
In the Upper Peninsula High School Bowling Conference girls singles championship on Feb. 4, again at Superior, 15-year-old sophomore Kaytlynne Carlson of Negaunee High School won the title, averaging 168.4 in a 14-game marathon.
Carlson, who bowls for the Ishpeming-Negaunee co-op team, proved to be a clutch bowler, coming up with good games just when she needed them most.
It shouldn't be too surprising, considering that Carlson made the match-play cut last year as a freshman.
This year, her first important game came in the six-game qualifier, which cut a field of 56 girls down to 16. She struggled early, rolling five games between 129 and 154.
Another game in that range was probably going to send her packing, but instead she finished with 205, one of only five 200s bowled in the round.
She qualified 11th with 917, but had eight games to go in four win-or-go-home matches if she wanted the title.
Carlson opened with 215 vs. 195 posted by No. 6-seeded Aubrey Owens of Marquette, then added 144 to Owens' 140 for a two-game win of 359-335.
Her next two opponents qualified No. 2 and 3 and were from Iron Mountain. First she turned back Mackenna Steinbeck, 296-268, then rolled 200 and 191 in beating Tori Boersma, 391-307.
In the championship, Carlson faced No. 1 Cathy Pomeroy of Escanaba, barely winning the opener, 193-178, then powering to 202 in her 14th and final game of the day for a 395-314 victory using her 15-pound Brunswick C (System) Ulti-Max ball, one she received for Christmas from mom and dad, Brenda and Gary Carlson.
"I wasn't really focusing on this being the final match," Kaytlynne said. "I was just trying to see it as another game."
Six other area bowlers also made match play - Marquette's Sara Collins was fifth with 955, including a 223 finish, and Owens was sixth with 944.
Collins was the only other area bowler to win a match, edging No. 12 Porchia Miljour of Iron Mountain, 275-268, before losing in an even closer match to No. 13 Amy Stewart of Escanaba, 284-281.
For Ishpeming, freshman Kassy Harsila was eighth with 928, senior Ann Alanen 10th with 921 and freshman Kaylee O'Connor 14th with 908. Of those, Harsila had the closest loss, 285-280 to Michelle Myers of Menominee.
And L'Anse's Brianna Mayo was 15th with 900, while two teammates missed the cut - Alex Mayo was 17th (853) and Corey Pietila 20th (838).
Westwood's top finisher was Brooke Bartol, 26th with 829.
While Nick Markell of Iron Mountain won the U.P. boys singles title on Saturday at his home Recreation Lanes, the big local story was Ishpeming-Negaunee qualifying six boys into match play - No. 1 Spencer Leivo with 1,157 for six games, No. 3 Matt Kilberg with 1,105, No. 10 Tyler Windahl with 1,057, No. 11 Jordan Windahl with 1,056, No. 12 Kirk Guckenberg with 1,054 and No. 14 Austin Wilkins with 1,047.
And Marquette's Jesse Dupras made it in 15th with 1,031, while two teammates just missed - Jesse Bianchi was 17th with 1,008 and Austin Dupras 18th with 1,005.
L'Anse's top finisher was Freddy Dakota, 20th with 987.
Leivo, a senior who made the MHSAA Division 2 state singles semifinals last year, joined Kilberg, a sophomore, in going that far in the U.P.'s.
Leivo beat No. 16 Zach Taylor of Escanaba, 358-305, and No. 9 Dakota Klatt of Menominee, 376-317, before losing to Tim Lueneberg of Escanaba, 396-375.
Kilberg took out Wilkins, 338-308, and Jordan Windahl, 359-290, before falling to No. 2 Markell, 413-343.
The Windahl brothers and Guckenberg all took out higher-seeded Menominee bowlers to open match play, while Dupras was Markell's first victim.
In the championship match, Markell rolled 198 and 193 to beat Lueneberg, 391-356.
Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246.