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Indian bowlers grab hardware at state meet

While the Tecumseh bowling teams didn’t win the state championship, no school produced more hardware during the Michigan High School Athletic Association D2 tournament in Waterford last weekend.

The Tribe boys and girls teams earned spots in the state tournament. Each team qualified for match play. The girls earned the number two seed position with a strong Baker game start. In the quarterfinal match play, the Indians faced number seven seed Mason, which got off to a quick lead, winning the first Baker game 198-142. The Lady Tribe came back in the second Baker game, winning it 169-144.

In the semifinal round, Tecumseh faced Carleton who they defeated in a very close match. The Lady Jets won both of the Baker games and built a 68-pin lead going into the regular games set. The Tecumseh girls rallied back and won the match by six pins.

In the finals, the Indians faced Flint Kearsley High School. The Lady Tribe battled hard and kept the match close through the Baker games. Down by only three pins going into the regular games set, the Tribe came up short as the Kearsley girls had three of their girls roll 200 games to the THS girls’ two 200 games. Those games proved the difference.

On the boys’ side, the Tribe qualified in the seventh spot of the eight-team match play format. Tecumseh drew second seeded Coldwater in its first head-to-head, beating them 1,320-1,187. In the semifinals, the Tribe met Cadillac who got off to a quick start, winning both Baker games to build a 35-pin lead. Hunter Rapaich was the difference, rolling a perfect 300 game, which was the only 300 game of the D2 state tournament. The Tribe ended up beating the Vikings, 1,422 to 1,325.

In the finals, Tecumseh played New Boston Huron who won the tournament. After the two Baker games, the Tribe was down by 115 pins. The Tribe kept chipping away at the big lead, but in the end, they came up short. Seniors on the team finished the last three years with two final-four finishes and this year’s runner-up finish.

On Saturday, Tecumseh sent one boy and one girl to the MHSAA singles tournament. Sixty boys and girls competed for the champion title. On the girls side, Liza Verrier got off to a quick start, rolling games of 243 and 192. She fell off the pace and below the cut-line over the next three games.

Elliot Discher started cool, but finished hot. He wasn’t above the cut-line until after his fifth game of the six-game qualifying set. He rolled a 234, which put him in the 16th and final spot of the cut-line. In his sixth game, when the lane conditions were really deteriorating, Discher pitched a solid 221 that moved him all the way up to the eighth qualifying position. In the 16-person phase of match play, he beat by the number nine qualifier. In the quarterfinals, he was beat the number one seed and last year’s D2 singles champion after coming back from a 37-pin deficit. Discher cooled off and lost in the semi-finals.

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