Marinette Girls Bowling Team Heads To State, Boys Qualify 2
Marinette Girls Bowling Teams " Advances to State
Expect the unexpected. That sums up the Marinette girls bowling team effort at bowling sectionals a week ago in Green Bay. Bowlers, coaches, and parents better open up their schedule for the first weekend in March because the girls are headed to the State tournament in Wawautosa.
After an up and down bowling season in the 12 team District 8 Greater Green Bay bowling conference the girls finished in fourth place with a 7-4 record. The girls may not have been expected to advance to the State tournament. At sectionals, they would have to bowl well, with little margin of error. To determine State qualifiers, sectional results are assigned a point value based on a teams' finish and the same point value system is used for the final standings in the conference. These two point values are combined for the total score.
The girls bowled well and stayed within the margin of error that would allow them to advance. The girls finished 18 pins ahead of Seymour and stayed ahead of Peshtigo in the sectional event. When combined with conference results the girls earned the second spot for a return trip to State. Coach Ryan Schoen and assistant coach Dennis Draska commented that while the trip to State was not expected it is well deserved and hopefully will increase the confidence of our young team. Schoen said they need to remember the fundamentals, cover spares, be willing to change and stay poised. It is a lot to ask of these young women but they have shown they can compete and the reward is a trip to Wawautosa for a weekend at the State tournament in March
The Marinette High school girls bowling team members are Varsity Lyndsay Ebsch, Cassie Cayemberg, Hannah Behrendt, Katie Hruska and Lily Pomplun. JV bowlers are Andi Jackson, Morgan Owens, Meghan Carrier and Devon Sorenson.
Marinette Boys sending Two to State Singles Tournament
Seniors Nick Daye and James Jagielski will represent the Marinette High School Bowling team in the individual State tournament March 3-5 in Wawautosa. Daye qualified for his fourth trip to the State tournament having finished second in conference scoring earning an automatic qualifier berth. Daye was also named to the first team all-conference and will represent the conference/district at a State all-star team tournament for the fourth time following the State tournament in Menominee Falls on March 11th.
Coach Ryan Schoen had this to say about Daye, "Since I can remember, probably 12 years plus, Nick has bowled here at the Dome. He's thrown a couple of 300 games including one this year and picked up the 7-10 split as a freshman. He earned the anchor slot on the high school team half way through his freshman year and has held it since. "I always knew Nick would be here, he bowled every frame of every game of every match for 7 years, and never missed a practice," added Schoen. "He's worked hard on his mechanics, recognizing lane conditions and adapting. Most of all he's balanced his emotions."
Daye now joins an elite group of less than a handful of bowlers that have made it to the state level each and every year in high school.
Joining Daye will be James Jagielski who earned his first appearance at the State individual tournament having finished fourth at sectional qualifications and earned honorable mention all-conference. Schoen said of Jagielski, "What's impressive is how he has balanced all his winter seasonal athletic pursuits of basketball, wrestling, powerlifting and bowling over his middle school and high school years and being successful in all of these activities. James has done unbelievably well in bowling considering he seldom had time to practice. It is all natural skill," said Schoen, "he has been the emotional leader of our team and brought energy."
In a repeat of last years' Division 2 State championship, wherein Marinette came up short to Ashwaubenon, Marinette came up short by just 6 pins in a two game total pin roll off match to determine the second berth to this years' State Tournament that will be held March 3-5 in Wawautosa. Peshtigo earned the first berth by way of a first place finish in the 12 team District 8 Greater Green Bay conference and third place finish in sectionals.
Entering sectional qualification in Green Bay, Marinette having finished in a tie for second in conference, held a 2 point lead over fourth place Ashwaubenon. After 10 games of Baker format team bowling, Ashwaubenon finished fourth and Marinette sixth. Green Bay Southwest slipped in between the two costing Marinette a point. Ashwaubenon and Marinette finished in a tie for the second berth to State based upon points awarded for conference and sectional finishes forcing a two game roll off. Coach Ryan Schoen explained his first rule that he instills in his bowlers is, "Cover your spares. Stringing strikes give you big scores, spares keep you in the game and opens haunt you. Just like free throws in basketball, extra points in football and putting in golf, if you want to win you have to become proficient in theses aspects of these sports," Schoen said. "In the 10 games of Baker totaling 100 frames of bowling, if we as a team pickup 3 or 4 spares that we're more than capable of converting we avoid the roll off. We dug ourselves a hole after the first couple of games and had to play catch up." Schoen added, "Uncharacteristically we lost our focus, the game sped up and we put pressure on ourselves. We slowed down and threw some big games to get back in it but in the end came up short, spares cost us."
In the roll off, Marinette again had to come from behind. The second game was much better and with a berth to State in reach, in the end enough pins didn't fall. Schoen explained, some good shots ended up in spare attempts that we didn't convert. "We had a good team and usually bowl well at Rivera. Today was just not our day." Coach Schoen had hig praise for his bowlers, to see how these young men " sophomore Ryan Dura and senior Jakob Margetta step up this year to varsity and the continued success of seniors Casey Sabowski, James Jagielski and Nick Daye has been rewarding. Marinette may have had more talented teams but these guys have accomplished a lot."
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