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Mountaineer bowlers coming on strong

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain’s co-op high school bowling team will wrap up its regular season schedule today in Marinette, Wis.

Most recently, the bowlers traveled to Ishpeming to take on the Westwood Patriots on Feb. 20.

The Mountaineer boys got out to a fast start and never looked back, sweeping the Baker games and all three team games, winning 36 to 3. Hunter Lautzenheiser paced the Mountaineers with a 623 series (214-200-209), followed closely by Andrew Morgan with 621 (195-213-213).

Dakota Jaeger was next with a 581 series (183-204-194), while junior Marcus Doucette and freshman Nolan White shared high game honors, with both tossing a 233 game. The Mountaineer girls faced a tough Patriot team, ending with a tie at 20 to 20.

The girls split their Baker games and won two out of three match play games to end up with the tie, losing total pins by 10 pins. Lexi Jacko led the ladies with a 570 series, which included games of 209 and 211.

“I am very happy with the progress we are making with the shortened practice and meet schedule, said head coach Pete Tomassoni. “The kids are working hard to get caught up as all Michigan bowling centers were closed for two months.

Recreation Lanes, home of the Iron Mountain co-op high school bowling team, played host to L’Anse on Feb. 13.

The Mountaineer boys trounced L’Anse by a score of 38 to 2. Andrew Morgan paced the boys with a 626 series, shooting games of 172, 243 and 211. Marcus Doucette was next with a 534 series, which included a 202 game.

Hunter Lautzenheiser followed with a 514 series and 214 game.

The Mountaineer girls lost their first Baker game and then proceeded to win every point from that game on, finishing with a 37 to 3 score. Freshman McKenna Trulock led the way with a 449 series, followed by Lexi Jacko with 424 and Jane McCallister with 422.

With only two teams in the X (JV) Division, the Mountaineer X team fell to Escanaba 5 to 35. Kyle Lautzenheiser topped the X team with a 423 series.

Both Iron Mountain teams were beaten by Escanaba the first week of the season, at the Whirl-I-Gig Bowling Alley in L’Anse. The Mountaineer boys fell by a score of 8 to 32, the girls 14 to 26 and the X team 9 to 21.

Today at 9:30 a.m. the Mountaineers bowl at Dome Lanes in Marinette, Wis. for their final meet of the regular season. The boys team will face the Menominee Maroons while the girls team bowls against the bye. The X team will face the Escanaba X team one last time.

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