Michigan high school bowling state finals: Division 1 girls title comes down to 3-pin difference

Emma Cadwell found herself in a hole entering the final game of the Division 1 girls bowling individual championship at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park on Saturday.

Flushing senior Hannah Reid led, 216-158, after the first of the two-game finals, but the Holt sophomore came up huge in the second game to secure her first state championship. Cadwell rolled a 204 in the second game while Reid posted a 143, giving Cadwell the 362-359 win in the final.

Utica Eisenhower junior Dylan Harnden won the Division 1 boys final over Grand Haven junior Ben Prokopec with a 393-375 score. After winning the first game, 180-179, Harnden won the second game 213-196 to secure the title.

Emma Cadwell, left, Lola Knox, middle, and Madison Rue were Division 1 state finals qualifiers for Holt on Saturday.
Emma Cadwell, left, Lola Knox, middle, and Madison Rue were Division 1 state finals qualifiers for Holt on Saturday.

Flint Kearsley sophomore Jamison Vanier rolled through the Division 2 boys bracket and beat Madison Heights Lamphere junior Nolan Pepper, 489-362, in the final. Vanier broke 400 in each match of the tournament bracket, including a 499 in the semifinal. Livonia Clarenceville junior Caitlyn Johnson won the Division 2 girls title, beating Grand Rapids Northview senior Kelly Hartman, 413-332, securing her first championship.

In the Division 3 boys final, Frankenmuth senior Mayson Knop beat Gladstone junior Matt Meyer, 394-364, in the final. On the girls side, Hillsdale senior Chloe Manifold took down Flint Powers senior Elizabeth Teuber, 406-387. Manifold won both games with scores of 186 and 226, and bowled over 400 in three of her four tournament matches.

In Division 4, Hudson sophomore Carter Fournier beat Allen Park Cabrini junior Bryce Cabaret, 444-392 over the two-game match for the boys' title. On the girls' side, Bad Axe sophomore Jasmyn Ranquist beat Memphis junior Lauren Castillo, 366-344, using a 209 score in the first game to propel her to the title.

In Friday’s team finals, the Grandville boys and Zeeland girls won Division 1. Grandville won the first state championship in school history after sweeping Davison, 3-0, in the final, which consisted of five Baker games for the first time this season, which means all bowlers contribute frames in one game. Grandville won Game 1, 193-191, followed by a 195-156 win in Game 2 and a 162-144 win in Game 3.

Zeeland, a combined team of East and West, rallied to knock off South Lyon, 3-2, in the girls championship. Zeeland won the first game, 185-176, but dropped Game 2, 149-147, and Game 3, 193-144. Zeeland won Game 4, 150-149, then won Game 5, 158-137, for their second state title since 2020.

In Division 2, Flint Kearsley took home both the boys and girls titles. The Kearsley boys knocked off Grand Rapids Northview 3-2 to repeat as state champions, storming back from a 2-0 deficit to win. Northview won Game 1, 185-173, then Game 2, 188-169, but Kearsley rallied from there, winning the final three games, 189-171, 204-174 and 173-150. The Kearsley girls beat Bay City Glenn, 3-1, for their ninth title in the last 11 seasons. The girls dropped the first game 177-152, but won three straight with scores of 173-143, 235-134 and 165-122.

In Division 3, Frankenmuth boys and Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls took home titles. Frankenmuth swept Milan, 3-0, winning games, 221-126, 196-154 and 199-156. Bishop Foley beat Milan 3-2, rallying to win Games 4 and 5, 155-147 and 156-130.

In Division 4, Traverse City Christian won both the boys and girls titles. The Traverse City boys beat Bronson, 3-1, scoring at least 180 in each game. The Traverse City girls also beat Bronson by a score of 3-2, winning the decisive Game 5, 191-184.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan high school bowling state finals 2024, team and individual