Coloma bowlers heading to state; Revenge goes two ways for Hawks

Pictured left to right: Morgan Hosbein (2nd place with 1086), Carissa Richmond (10th place with 970) and Lainey Meader (4th place with 1059)

Coloma bowlers heading to state

Revenge goes two ways for Hawks

By Tom O’Neill

            Coloma High School bowling Coach Carley Burrell is preparing her girls’ team for Friday’s Division 3 State Tournament. The Comets bring their 18-0 regular season record and number one ranking into the tournament at Northway Lanes in Muskegon. The individual finals take place on Saturday. Coloma has three bowlers.

            There will be 18 teams competing, three teams from each of the six regions. Asked which teams she is watching Burrell said “Everybody. This is the best of the best. It’s anyone’s game". Coloma has seen Alma, Portland and Jonesville in an early season tournament they won.

            Teams will start bowling at 8:30 AM. There will be 8 Baker games and two individual games. The field will be cut to eight and teams placed in brackets.

            Coloma finished third in the Regionals, shooting 3,214 at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek. Portland finished first with 3,341 and Quincy second at 3,286. Fifteen teams competed in six Baker games and three regular games.

            The Comets had three players qualify individually for the state tournament on Saturday. Sophomore Morgan Hosbein shot 1086 for six games, placing second, junior Lainey Meader was fourth at 1059 and sophomore Carissa Richmond finished 10th with 970.

            Burrell had her team practicing this past Monday at Kelley’s Bowl in tournament preparation. “I’m trying to mentally prepare them,” explained Burrell. “They really want to prove themselves.” The Comets were on course last year, but a disappointing Regional Tournament derailed those plans, the team failing to qualify for the State.

Lake Michigan splits with Muskegon CC

            Lake Michigan College’s Lady Red Hawks (11-4/20-7) got revenge against Muskegon CC (13-2/20-6), Monday, beating the JayHawks 71-69.  The men (10-7/14-14) fell 91-75 as Muskegon (11-6/14-13) avenged their 105-86 home loss.

            For almost 40 minutes the women’s game went back and forth. With 10.5 seconds left Monae Palmer’s shot rattled around the rim in what seemed forever, finally dropping to give the Hawks the 71-69 lead.

            Both teams took time outs as the JayHawks set up their final play. Iyana Brown had 25 points and Delaney Boles had 22. The only question was which player would take the final JayHawk shot.

LMC Coach Patrick Daniel gathered his team and said “we just need one stop. Then he asked “are you having fun?”  Daniel added we didn’t have any pressure. “We just didn’t want to give up the three.”

The call went to Elysia Mattos, averaging 11.6 points a game but the three-point shot went off the rim resulting in a jump ball with 2.8 seconds. LMC had the arrow and took a 30-second time out.

            The JayHawks found life with 1.5 seconds. “I didn’t watch,” Daniel said. Brown had the ball but the clock buzzed before the half-court shot left her hand and went into the basket.

Men fall to Muskegon

            In the men’s game, LMC led briefly late in the first half, 36-35, before the JayHawks finished on a 12-2 run in the final three minutes.

            “We didn’t come out with enough energy,” explained Red Hawk Coach Jeremy Schaeffer.

            LMC’s signature three-pointers weren’t dropping, hitting 6/19 in the first half and 4/16 in the second. The rebounds were picked up by Muskegon and turned into points, their lead up to 19 points with just over seven minutes remaining.

            The JayHawks put six players in double figures, two with double doubles. Daryl Kirkland II led Muskegon with 22 points and nine rebounds while Josh Smith and Miguel Mahan recorded the double doubles. Muskegon out-rebounded LMC 56-46.

            Lake Michigan’s Gavin Rassler had the team’s only double double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Austin Dukesherer had 16 points with four threes. Deion Gatson added 13 points and Malik Hall 11.

            Muskegon’s win broke a third-place tie with LMC for third place. The Hawks are tied for fourth with Jackson CC. The Jets finish at Muskegon and LMC faces the country’s top Division II team, Ancilla College, on the road.