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Mountaineers claim girls UP bowling title

MARQUETTE – The Iron Mountain girls were crowned U.P. team champions at the Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference finals which concluded Feb. 22 at Superior Lanes in Marquette.

The Mountaineer girls were one of six teams competing. Escanaba claimed the boys title topping 13 other teams, leading the field by 342 pins.

Iron Mountain bowlers Zach Spera, Alexis Jacko and Hanna Bastian were named to the UPBC Dream Team.

Spera averaged 196.7 for the season, while finishing runner-up in the U.P. singles championship. His high game on the season was a 243, with a high series of 645.

Bastian rolled a 162.04 average, with a high game of 204 and high series of 520 on the season. Jacko finished with an average of 157.36, with a high game of 214 and a high series of 577.

The Ron Tomassoni Memorial Sportsmanship Award, voted on by all the teams in the UPBC, was awarded to the Marquette girls and the Menominee boys.

This award is named for the late Ron Tomassoni, an Iron Mountain bowling alley proprietor who was instrumental in the formation of the Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference and helping others form bowling conferences throughout the state of Michigan. Because of Tomassoni’s tireless efforts, bowling has been an MHSAA sponsored sport for the past 15 years.

Between the shifts of bowling, the UPBC Dream Teams were announced. Those teams follow:

Girls Dream Team (Average): Dakota Cloutier – Escanaba (162.48); Hanna Bastian – Iron Mountain (Kingsford) (162.04); Amanda McIntyre – Marquette (160.56); Alexis Jacko – Iron Mountain (Kingsford) (157.36); Kyle Junak – Westwood (155.85).

Honorable Mention: Antoinette Levra – Ishpeming (155.75)

Boys Dream Team (Average): Zach Spera – Iron Mountain (196.7); Hunter Lancour – Escanaba (194.04); Robert Papp – Westwood (187.93); Josh Worthen – Escanaba (181.77); Stephen Kangas – Westwood (179.74).

Honorable Mention: Dylan Junak – Westwood (174.56)

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