It was a very good weekend at the State Finals for the Boys team and for the bowlers who bowled in the singles on Saturday at Airport Lanes in Jackson. The Boys brought home their first State Title in School history!
First the team event, the boys had to bowl 8 baker games and two Peterson games in the qualifying round and they cut to the top 8 for match play in the afternoon. We had some good baker games and some that were not so good but after the 8 baker games our total was 1407 and that put us 5 pins from the cut line. Our first Peterson game was second high for that game out of the 18 teams competing and we shot a 979 which gave us a total of 2386 good for second place after the first Peterson game. Our Second Peterson game was 917 which gave us a total of 3303 and gave us the second seed in match play. In the Quarterfinals we bowled against the number 7 seed Croswell-Lexington and the match is two baker games and one Peterson with total pins moving on. In the first baker game Swan Valley won 278-165 and in the second baker game Croswell-Lexington came back and won 212-209 which gave Swan Valley a 110 pin lead going into the Peterson game. Croswell-Lexington bowled really well and shot 939 to Swan Valleys 874 but they could not overcome the 110 pin deficit and Swan Valley moved onto the Final Four with a 1361-1316 victory. In the Final Four we faced Wyoming Kelloggsville. Swan Valley came out in the first baker game with another strong performance and got a 231-168 victory. In the second baker game Wyoming Kelloggsville came away with a 219-193 victory and Swan Valley headed to the Peterson game with a 37 pin lead. In the Peterson game Swan Valley came away with a 956-886 victory to take the match and move onto the Title game by a score of 1380-1273. In the Title match Swan Valley faced Battle Creek Pennfield who just knocked off the number 1 seed Essexville Garber. Again Swan Valley jumped out to an early lead by taking the first baker game 193-181 and lost the second game to BC Pennfield 184-174 which game the Vikings a very slim 2 pin lead going into the Peterson game. The Peterson games was back and forth for the first half of the game and then Swan Valley pulled away for a 880 to 820 win and won the State Title by a score of 1247-1185.
On Saturday we had Noah Conley, Becca Curtis and Hallie Clark all competing in singles. Becca Curtis and Hallie Clark both missed the cut but both did really well. Becca Curtis finished in 36th place with a score of 1008 and Hallie Clark finished in 48th place with a score of 950. Noah Conley qualified 2nd with a score of 1282. In the first round Noah faced Bailey Neal from Battle Creek Pennfield and lost by a score of 378-338. I am proud of all three bowlers that competed on Saturday and very proud of the team that competed on Friday. Looking for another run at a State Title next year.