GIVING INSTRUCTIONS: Frankenmuth varsity boys’ bowling Coach Ron Krueger gives his Eagle team some tips during TVC East bowling action earlier this month at Candlelite Bowl, Bridgeport. The first-year program fared quite well, improving each week and battling many establish programs on the lanes. (Photo courtesy/Kelly Jammer)
Eagle bowlers finish first season at MHSAA regional
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ bowling team wrapped up its inaugural season last weekend with regional action in Clarkston.
The Eagle rollers competed at Cherry Hill North Lanes, taking on 16 other schools in the MHSAA Division 3 Regional. In the end, ‘Muth took 12th place with 3,160 pins.
Friday was team events and Saturday was for individuals.
Tri-Valley Conference East Division school Caro won the regional with 3,875 pins. Freeland was second (3,826) and host Goodrich was third (3,791) as the top three schools qualified for this week’s state tournament at Jackson’s Airport Lanes.
Birch Run was sixth, Essexville-Garber was seventh and Bridgeport was 10th to round out the TVC East schools.
“The oil pattern that we compete on for this event is a challenging sport shot that helps even the playing field and challenges bowlers to be accurate and consistent,” FHS Coach Ron Krueger said. “The young Eagle squad stepped up to the challenge as a team, bowled very well.”
‘Muth left some pins out there in their six baker games but bowled just above average. In the three Peterson games, the team came out firing, bowling 40-50 pins per game above their season average.
Cole Krueger led the way with a 565 series.
𠇏or a first-year program, that is more than a respectable showing in our first regional competition,” Krueger said.
On Saturday, the singles competition format was six regular games of total pin fall. There were 97 individuals in this event, with the top 10 moving on to the state finals in Jackson.
Krueger paced ’Muth with a six-game total of 1,069 pins, finishing 21st overall. He averaged 178 per game and was 43 pins from the cut line.
Jeremy Wilson finished 49th, Shane Harrington was 54th, Annie Matzke was 83rd and Hunter Duehring was 96th.
Krueger thanks FHS Athletic Director Cole Andrews for his support in getting the program started and the board of education for the opportunity. He also thanked his sister Theresa Kubiak, who is the assistant coach of the second-year FHS girls’ varsity team.
“Theresa is the driving force behind our program and all youth bowling in our area. She helps us with all the secretary work, fundraising and keeping us organized,” Krueger said. “She also runs the youth program at Candlelite Bowl on Saturday mornings. Without that, we would have nothing.”
Krueger also thanked the Candlelite Bowl staff and urges FHS students to consider joining the team next season.
“I want to say thanks to our kids for a great season. I had a lot of fun coaching,” Krueger concluded.