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HIGH EXPECTATIONS

New Boston Huron’s boys bowling team won its fifth straight Huron League title and made it to the state semifinals last year. The Chiefs are serving notice this season that they are capable of similar success.

BY RYAN LOREN

rloren@monroenews.com

New Boston Huron’s boys bowling team faces high expectations this season.

The Chiefs won the Huron League last season for the fifth straight year, finished in first place at the Division 2 Regional, and advanced to the semifinals during the team state meet.

With all of that success and much of the team returning, the pressure is on for Huron.

“ The bar is really set high,” Huron senior Drake Bazzy said. “ We have pretty much the same team coming in this year except for one, so we have a lot of high expectations.”

So far, so good.

Huron held off Airport Monday in the sixth league jamboree at Monroe Sport Center, defeating the Jets 18.5-11.5 to remain undefeated in the league this season at 6-0.

Airport (3-3) kept the match close through the baker portion and into match play, but Huron pulled away in the late frames of the second game to seal the victory by 92 pins and take the match.

Huron coach Larry Collins said the Jets gave his Chiefs a bigger scare than he expected.

“ We didn’t make good shots, but they bowled well when they put their minds to it and pulled away at the end,” Collins said. “The consistency still isn’t there, and the shot making still isn’t quite there. We need to practice harder with more conviction and not take anybody for granted.”

Bazzy led the charge for Huron with a 234 game, Joe DeVita had games of 215 and 184, and Zach Taylor added a 205.

“ We are way better than last year,” Bazzy said. “Our juniors are stepping up the plate and they’re more clutch. We won a (Division 1) tournament a couple weeks ago and they really showed their maturity.”

Wyatt Vogler played well for Airport with a 400 series ( 203/ 197), Gabriel Verasspej bowled a 189, and Brendan Flowers had a 185.

Jefferson ( 1- 5) picked up its first win of the season with a 19- 11 victory over Flat Rock ( 1- 5). Dyllan Cupp bowled a 180 for the Bears, and Logan Fella led the Rams with a 192 game.

Riverview (5-1) topped Dundee (1-5) 15.514.5, and Summit Academy (4-1-1) tied Milan ( 2- 3- 1) 15- 15. Leading Dundee were Martin Meier (200), Matt Wittkop (181), and Hunter Johnson ( 179). Dakota Demond ( 199) and Andy Jarvis (177) paced the Big Reds.

Flat Rock’s girls improved to 6-0 with a 26-4 victory over Jefferson (0-6). Hanna Ham and Allison Agee each bowled high games of 192 to lead the Rams.

Claire Spurlock had a 190 to lead Jefferson, and Timber Jacobs added a 151 games.

“ This season we’re doing very well,” Flat

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New Boston Huron’s Zach Taylor bowls while teammate Joey DeVita looks on Monday at Monroe Sport Center. Below, Huron’s Drake Bazzy takes a shot.

— Monroe News photo by RYAN LOREN

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Rock coach Michelle Jackson said. “I’ve been part of the bowling program for seven years and we’ve never been the league champs. We still have a lot of season ahead of us but we’ve never been this far ahead. We’re very excited to be this far ahead.” Huron bounced back from two straight losses after starting the season 4-0. The Chiefs (4-2) defeated previously unbeaten Airport (5-1) 22-8.

The Chiefs led 6- 4 after the baker games and slipped past the Jets in the first regular game by just one pin, 793-792, and then pulled away late in the final game to take the match.

“ The girls really came together,” Collins said. “It was close until the ninth frame (in the second game). It was within 30 pins until the ninth frame. ... Winning that first game and getting ahead in bakers was huge. Then you’re not chasing points, you’re ahead and they’re chasing you.”

Shannon Geiger had a 383 series ( 212, 171), Amanda Williams bowled added a 210, Jordyn Carrol hit the winning shot in the first game and finished with a 345 series ( 177, 168), Chelsea Hamilton had a 177, and Julie Skowron bowled a 166 game.

“ We had to come in and kick butt and we had to bowl how we know how to bowl,” Williams said. “It feels really good (to beat Airport). ... We had to go in with a mind set thinking that no matter how bad of a ball, we can still pick the team up. Don’t pass around the negativity.”

Ryla Peterson ( 177, 168), Lauren Zlatos ( 166, 166), and Makayla Souva (165) led the Jets.

Riverview ( 3- 3) defeated Dundee 26- 4. Lilly Johnson (149) and Hailey Glenn (145) bowled well for Dundee.

Summit Academy improved to 4- 2 with a 24- 6 win over Milan (1-5). Ari Cheatham bowled a 365 series (186, 178) to lead Milan.

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