Bowling: Iron Mountain making run for another state title

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain is the only UP high school bowling team to win a state championship.

The Mountaineers will continue their quest for another boys state title Friday morning at the Super Bowl in downstate Canton.

“We have been fulfilling our goals this year,” said Iron Mountain coach Pete Tomassoni, noting UP conference, singles and team titles along with advancing from regionals to state finals. “We are peaking at the right time. Hopefully, we can keep it going for one more day.”

The Mountaineers continued their winning ways last Friday at the MHSAA Division 2 regionals at Bay City’s Monitor Lanes. They competed in the 14-team Region 10 tournament and finished in second place. The top three teams in each region advance to the state finals.

“We went into regionals averaging 166 a man and ended up averaging 186 a man,” said Tomassoni, his Mountaineers accumulating a 3914 score.

Cadillac finished first with a 4052.

“We were second last year in the regional as well,” Tomassoni said. “I knew between last year and this year we had to get better, and we did.”

The Mountaineers finished 439 pins higher than last year.

Out of the past 12 years, Iron Mountain has qualified for the state finals nine times. The 2009 Mountaineers won the boys state championship.

Iron Mountain girls team fell just short of qualifying for the state championship, finishing 90 pins out of the cut to a fourth-place finish.

Individual results for the boys include Bryce Robinson, 215 and 189 games; Lincoln Pettibone, 630 (199, 234, 197); Zach Hanson, 516 (197); and Ian Driscoll 573 (216, 234).

“Noah Jacko contributed as well,” Tomassoni said.

Iron Mountain girls go to regionals

Iron Mountain High School girls bowling team traveled last week to Bay City to participate in the MHSAA Division 2 Region 10 Tournament at Monitor Lanes.

In the team event, IMHS finished in fourth place, 90 pins from the qualifying cut.

The girls bowled their six Baker games, sitting in eighth place. Bowling team games of 792 and 773, the Mountaineers jumped up to fifth.

Their third game was a solid 902, leaving them 90 pins shy of a second trip to the Lower Peninsula. Only 21 pins separated the high game of 191 and the low game of 170.

In singles, where the top 10 bowlers advance to the state level, Maddy Doucette led the Mountaineers at 20th place with a 998 six-game total. She rolled a 205 game.

Hanna Bastian was directly behind Doucette at 21st with a 994 including 201 and 191 games. Carina Anderson placed 26th with a 970 total (208 game). Freshman Lexi Jacko tossed a 206 in her sixth game en route to a 901 total and 38th. Natalie Dykhuis placed 51st with a 818 and Maryann Jaeger was 65th with 718.