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Changes to MHSAA high school bowling tournaments outlined

EAST LANSING — Due to coronavirus concerns, the MHSAA has revised its format for the high school bowling regionals and state finals tournaments.

The state high school athletics governing body stated that it wants to reduce the mixing of communities, and thus, spread of COVID-19, with its revisions.

While regionals still last two days, Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, boys will only participate the first day and girls the second day. Each bowler rolls four games with those scores being used for state finals qualifying in both singles and team competition.

Two teams, instead of the usual three, along with 10 individuals in singles advance out of each regional to the finals to be held the following Friday and Saturday, March 26-27.

The finals will follow more in the traditional format, with team competition Friday and singles Saturday. Team competition will be composed of games in both “regular” and Baker format, the latter where five bowlers alternate frames to come up with single-game scores. And as is tradtional, qualifying will whittle the field to match play to determine both team and singles champions.

Spectator limits at regionals and finals will be determined locally following Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders and fire marshal capacity limits at centers, with the number of spectators not exceeding one per participant.

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