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Weekend warriors of all ages star on lanes

February 21, 2012
By STEVE BROWNLEE - Journal Sports Writer ( , The Mining Journal

For the second weekend in a row, big scores reigned at the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress association tournament at Superior Lanes in Marquette.

Justin Stephens rolled his second perfect 300 in the event on Saturday to open a 770 series with doubles partner Scott Salminen. The pair had some eye-popping numbers as a duo, too, rolling 578 scratch the first game (Salminen had 278) and 502 the second game (Stephens 244, Salminen 258).

Also that day, eight-months-pregnant Amber Buckmaster made her probable swan song for the season with 704 in doubles with husband Andy Buckmaster on games of 226, 259 and 219. A few weeks earlier, she had 748 in league at the center.

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On Sunday, Andy Goldsworthy of Ishpeming rolled his first sanctioned 300 to complete a 762 series in singles to lose the distinction as best bowler in the county without a perfect game. At least that's what I think.

The Upper Peninsula High School Bowling Conference held its team finals Saturday at Bowl-A-Rama in Escanaba.

The Ishpeming-Negaunee boys quintet made up 122 pins in the last game on leader Iron Mountain, but fell 41 pins short of the Mountaineers for the title, rolling 3,601 in six Baker-style game and three regular team games.

"That's a lot of pins to make up in one game," IHS coach Steve Windahl told me. "If it had been just a hundred pins, we could've done it."

The boys shot 980 the final game, by far the highest of the day, as Jordan Windahl shot 223, Matt Kilberg 202, Tyler Windahl 197, Spencer Leivo 191 and Austin Wilkins 167.

Wilkins had the highest score of the first two games, 195, explaining why the Hematites had a lot of ground to make up.

The Ishpeming girls finished third with 2,943, including 772 the final game that was second-highest all day as girls U.P. singles champion Kaytlynne Carlson shot 180, Kaylee O'Connor 177, Danielle Garnett 141, Ann Alanen 137 and Kassy Harsila 136.

Harsila also had 206 earlier as the Escanaba A squad won and Iron Mountain A was second.

Marquette had its highest finishes ever in the U.P. finals, coach Hope Virch reported, coming in third in the boys and fourth in girls.

The boys team, which by the way is its A squad, shot 3,347 as No. 4 Menominee A, No. 5 Escanaba A and No. 6 Norway all came within 40 pins of the Redmen.

Zach Scott's 257 opener not only led him to a team-high 624, but helped MSHS nearly catch Ishpeming at that point in the competition after spotting their western neighbors nearly 75 pins during the Baker round.

Teammate Austin Dupras added 510 with a 190 high game, Brandon Young 504, Andrew Virch 411 and Jesse Dupras 364.

The Redette girls totaled 2,847 to beat out No. 5 Menominee by more than 100 pins. Marquette was also second after the Baker round with 837.

Hannah Crampton led the way with 430 (178 opener), Aubrey Owens 411, Brianna Holm 399, Sara Collins 397 (163 closer) and Olivia Mattocks 373.

I have team totals for several other squads, too. The Marquette B boys were ninth with 3,029 and L'Anse boys 12th (2,409), while for the girls, Westwood was sixth (2,557) and L'Anse eighth (2,294).

All U.P. conference schools travel downstate to compete in the MHSAA regionals this weekend, with top teams and individuals making the state finals in two weeks.

Now on to a double edition of The Mining Journal Bowlers of the Week.

I had an issue with my e-mail on Monday, so hopefully I'm not missing anybody, but I'll catch up next week if I find somebody left out.

The men posted some big numbers two weeks ago, led by Vic Mahaffey shooting 165 pins over his 190 average in the Wednesday Industrial at Superior, carding 735 on games of 201, 266 and 268.

Next comes Steve DeBakker in Country Lanes' Wednesday Trio loop, 159 over his 206 mean with 777; then my Wednesday Industrial teammate Mark Ingalls at Superior, 151 over his 183 average with 700 (and 245 opener); and last but not least, John Marquess in the Tuesday Night Mixed at Superior, 147 over his 175 average with 672, including a 266 closer.

Amanda Deloria led a three-woman contingent from Superior's Tuesday Night Mixed. The 107-average Deloria was plus-77 with 398, 130-average Ashley Billings was plus-74 with 464, and 154-average Kathy Parent was plus-70 with 532.

Last week, Brandon McCormick went 166 pins over his 198 average with 760 in the Friday 800 Mixed at Superior, followed by 145-average Jeremy Forbes at plus-146 with 581 in the Wednesday Trio at Country.

For the ladies, Tuesday Night was the place to be again. This time Billings took honors with plus-125 over her new 135 mean with 530 followed by 142-average Joan Nordquist at plus-115 with 541.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246.



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