Westwood’s Kylie Junak wins girls high school bowling regional to lead area qualifiers for state finals

MARQUETTE — One team and four individual bowlers have qualified for the MHSAA state finals on the lanes to be held Friday and Saturday at several locations in the Lower Peninsula.

The big winner in the weekend’s regional tournaments was Westwood freshman Kylie Junak, who won her Division 4 regional title in a field of 78 girls held at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City on Saturday.

She beat out the No. 2 bowler, Andrea Bickel of Oscoda, by 12 pins as Junak totaled 1,099 for six games, an average of 183.2. She started a bit slow with 135 and 173, then caught fire in the middle with 245, 197 and 190 before closing with 159.

Her 245 was far and away the highest girls game bowled in singles at Lucky Jack’s and one of only four 200s bowled among 468 singles games by the girls.

The top 10 individuals in singles play and top three schools in team play advance to the state finals, which includes team competition on Friday and singles on Saturday.

Westwood heads to the Division 4 finals at Royal Scot Lanes in Lansing, while Ishpeming-Negaunee goes to Jax 60 in Jackson.

Marquette in Division 2 and L’Anse in Division 4 also participated in regionals.

Junak’s teammates Stephen Kangas and Robert Papp, both juniors, qualified for the state finals in their boys singles tourney in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Kangas totaled 1,165 and Papp 1,157, the latter finishing 34 pins ahead of the first bowler out in 11th place.

Kangas had three 200 games as he shot 217, 171, 184, 169, 203 and 221 to average 194.2.

Papp got hot for several games to carry through, shooting 168, 180, 164, 234, 146 and 265 for a 192.8 average.

The Ishpeming-Negaunee cooperative team had two state finals qualifiers.

The I-N girls finished second among 11 Division 3 teams at Sparetime Lanes in Cheboygan, totaling 3,005 for three regular and six Baker-style games. Baker games have teammates alternate frames to come up with a single-game score.

I-N rolled regular five-girls games of 658, 758 and 645 while adding Baker games of 176, 195, 155, 122, 154 and 142.

I-N only beat the first team out, fourth-place Gladwin, by 35 pins as Standish-Sterling was third with 2,978 and Clare won with 3,217.

Information on individual games in team competition wasn’t available on the MHSAA website, www.mhsaa.com.

One I-N boy also made the state finals in singles. Junior Dawsen Emanuelson was eighth with 1,138, an average of 189.7 as he recorded games of 206, 145, 185, 176, 241 and 185.

He beat out the first boy eliminated, the 11th place finisher, by just 20 pins.

Each of the four area participating schools sent five- or six-person teams for boys and girls regionals.

Here’s a roundup of other scorers:



The closest call for MSHS came with junior Connor Johnson, who placed 14th in boys singles at the Division 2 regional held at Gaylord Bowling Center in Gaylord.

He rolled 1,131 for his six games, a 188.5 average, and only missed the 10th-place finals cutoff by 23 pins. He rolled 147, 135, 212, 202, 193 and 242.

Also for the Redmen in singles, senior Conner McLaughlin was 23rd with 1,069 and a top game of 192; freshman Brett LaBelle, 67th with 874 and top game of 184; freshman Tristin Potila, 80th with 764 and top game of 147; and freshman Ezra Pickard, 82nd with 718 and top game of 150.

For the Marquette girls, senior Amanda McIntire was the top finisher in 17th with 965, missing the 10th-place cutoff by 40 pins as she rolled 168, 132, 148, 182, 134 and 201 to average 160.8.

Also for the Redettes, freshman Emma Garceau was 44th with 830 and top game of 160; sophomore Alexa Guindon, 67th with 690 and top game of 142; freshman Hannah Morrison, 68th with 681 and top game of 150; and freshman Carolyn Eagle, 73rd with 626 and top game of 129.

In team, the Marquette girls were 11th and boys 12th.

The girls totaled 2,597, missing the third-place cut by 677 with regular games of 657, 575 and 662 and a Baker total of 703.

The boys had 3,121, missing third by 557 with regular games of 886, 634 and 696 and a Baker total of 905.



The I-N boys finished eighth in their team regional with 3,231, 357 pins out of third as they rolled regular games of 715, 836 and 843 and had a Baker total of 837.

In singles, junior Gunnar Johnson was closest to qualifying for states as he was 19th with 1,005, just 18 pins out of 10th. He put together games of 176, 167, 133, 148, 191 and 190 to average 167.5.

Also for the I-N boys, junior Jack Waananen was 25th with 975 and a top game of 193; junior Zack Reule, 49th with 862 and top game of 159; and freshman Jacob Korsman, 55th with 849 and top game of 156.

Three I-N girls were within 17 pins of each other, each less than 100 pins of finals qualifying.

The leader was senior Mackenzie Ryan, who was 21st with 864 and missed 10th by 75 pins with games of 135, 161, 147, 113, 158 and 150 for a 144.0 average.

Also for the girls, senior Ann Levra was 23rd with 852 and a top game of 168; junior Lily Ulvila, 25th with 847 and top game of 158; junior Ashley Ball, 38th with 770 and top game of 147; and junior Alissa Johnson, 42nd with 738 and top game of 154.



The Patriots’ boys had their closest call at regionals in boys team competition, missing state finals qualification in fourth place with 3,602, just 62 pins behind the final qualifier, Farwell, in third.

The WHS boys had regular games of 883, 881 and 835 with a Baker total of 1,003.

Westwood’s girls were sixth with 2,669, missing third by 275 with regular games of 649, 610 and 660 and a Baker total of 750.

In singles, the Pats’ closest was by senior Melissa Bauer, who was 19th among the girls with 902, missing the 10th-place cut by 53. She rolled 167, 144, 132, 161, 151 and 147 to average 150.3.

Also for the girls, sophomore Lyla Burke was 22nd with 868 and a top game of 162; senior Mackenzie Roane, tied for 41st with 759 and top game of 150; junior Kaylee LaMere, 45th with 749 and top game of 152; and sophomore Emma Bleckler, 73rd with 584 and top game of 124.

For Westwood in boys singles, senior Dylan Junak was 22nd with 1,029, missing the cut by 105 as he rolled 136, 189, 179, 202, 147 and 176 to average 171.5.

Also for the Pats, senior Dylan Bebee was 36th with 971 and a top game of 196; senior Evan Rae, 40th with 957 and top game of 173; and sophomore Landon Oullette, 42nd with 947 and top game of 188.



The Purple Hornets’ top singles finish at the D4 regional in Traverse City was turned in by sophomore Emily Kayramo, who was 36th among the girls with 791, or 164 pins out of 10th. She rolled 157, 137, 122, 144, 117 and 114 to average 131.8.

Other L’Anse girls finishers were sophomore Tianna Pillsbury in 39th with 773 and a top game of 145; junior Mikala Herrera, 53rd with 716 and top game of 135; junior Breanna Hoffman, 68th with 643 and top game of 127; and freshman Callie Frisk, 72nd with 587 and top game of 138.

For the Hornets’ boys, junior Wakinyan Chosa led the way in 41st with 949, 185 pins out of 10th. He shot 150, 163, 190, 143, 116 and 187 to average 158.2.

Also for L’Anse, sophomore Cole Fraki was 54th with 883 and a top game of 169; sophomore Bruce Tovey, 66th with 829 and top game of 165; senior Harrison Mensch, 75th with 792 and top game of 156; sophomore Tyler Shalifoe, 84th with 719 and top game of 141; and junior Joe Loonsfoot, 88th with 664 and top game of 146.

Team-wise, the L’Anse girls were eighth with 2,618, or 326 pins out of third, while the boys were 12th with 3,070, 594 out of third.

The Hornets’ girls rolled regular games of 613, 735 and 573 with a Baker total of 697, while the boys hit 700, 714 and 809 in regular games and 847 total in Baker.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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