2017-12-07 / Sports

Raiders strive to continue success in the bowling alley

By Joe Oster
810-452-2641 • joster@mihomepaper.com


The Flushing boys’ bowling team poses with the trophy after last season’s regional championship. 
File Photo The Flushing boys’ bowling team poses with the trophy after last season’s regional championship. File Photo FLUSHING --The Flushing boys’ bowling team looks to replace Chase Fleming, Nick Warren and Ryan Hatfield, who all graduated after leading the Raiders to a 11-3 record, a second-place finish in the league and a regional championship last season.

The Raiders will still have experience up and down the roster, including seniors Gavin Miles, Hunter Vallad and Preston Johnson. Seth Reel, a junior, also returns. Sophomore Nick Ducharmer, senior Alec Amundsen and sophomore Sawyer Pillen will all look to contribute after spending last season on JV.

The Lady Raiders only lose Kanzas Reagle, who was a four-year varsity standout.

“We are young and yet have a fair amount of experience and talent,” said Flushing coach Gerry Croteau of his girls’ team, who is entering his seventh season.

Returning bowlers include senior Jordynn Matheson, junior Rose Rietz and junior Iyana Blanks-Prater. The sophomore duo of Jamie Crandell and Emily Reid also return with a year of varsity experience under their belts. The Flushing girls welcome two newcomers to the squad with Reann Blanks and Kelsey Quinney.

“Thinking about the upcoming season, I can’t help but think of how well our teams progressed last year,” said Croteau. “Being blessed with such fine young people to work with, it is rewarding to see many of those faces again this year. I have already witnessed great family support for our teams, which is so important for their success. I believe both teams have an opportunity to have great years. It is up to these young men and ladies what they do with this opportunity. We have a strong overall league with Kearsley, Swartz Creek, and new arrival Owosso leading the way, so it will be difficult but a lot of fun.”

RESULTS

The Flushing boys defeated Fenton 29-1 at Holly Lanes on Tuesday night.

“This house (Holly Lanes) is just a very tough place to bowl,” said Croteau. “Hopefully, we learned a few lessons for our eventual return to Holly Lanes.”

Preston Johnson-Wiebeck led the Raiders with 243. Nick Ducharme was behind him with 181.

The Lady Raiders also beat Fenton 28-2.

Jordynn Matheson bowled a teamhigh 180, but Rose Rietz was only a pin back with 179.

The Raiders had their first matches of the season last Saturday, defeating Linden 27-3 in the boys’ match and 26-4 in the girls’ match.

The Lady Raiders lost the first four points, but rolled back to win the match. Emily Reid led Flushing with 215, Rietz rolled a 195 and Matheson bowled a 192.

The Flushing boys were led by Hunter Vallad, who bowled a 226 and a 214.

“Initially, the young men showed a little over-hyper activity,” said Flushing coach Gerry Croteau. “They quickly settled down and proceeded to a strong 27-3 victory.”

Seth Reel also rolled a 201 and a 212, and Ducharme shot a 212 and a 193 for Flushing.

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