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The Clarkston Boys Varsity Bowling team holds up their trophy after a tournament win in January. Photo provided (click for larger version)
February 06, 2013 - The Wolves have taken over their league, remaining undefeated and ranked eighth in the state.

"We have had an awesome year," said Lenny Kersten, a coach for the Clarkston Bowling Program. "We have six strong kids this year."

The Clarkston Boys Varsity Bowling recently took down two tough opponents - North Farmington, 18-12, and Oxford, 17-13.

The boys lost both their baker games to North Farmington and were down 0-10. When it came time for the team games they came back by winning the first game with nine points, the second game with seven points.

"It is one of the hardest things to do," Kersten explained. "I compare it to being down 20 points in a basketball game in the fourth quarter and coming back and winning. It seems when our backs are against the wall, we come out fighting. We tell the boys we are down 0-10 and all the sudden the lights click on. They start going to town and bowl really well."

Eric Wagner bowled scores of 255 and 257 for a 512 and Kyle Kirby bowled a 225 game and finished with a 405 set.

"We have four kids who are averaging over 200," Kersten added. "To me it is pretty awesome."

They also beat Oxford for the second time after a close battle after losing the first two games.

The boys also won LCN Baker's Dozen tournament, Jan. 12. They bowled 13 baker games and qualified in 11th place. Then bowled 11 more games to beat Lakeview, DeLaSalle, Troy and Oxford in the finals to become champion.

He added the close matches will help as the Wolves go into playoffs with MHSAA Regionals at Drakeshire Lanes in Farmington, Feb. 22-23.

"It is going to be a huge factor because when you bowl in playoffs it's a different mindset," he said. "There is so much more at stake. It's not just your reputation as a bowler but representing your school. We always remind the kids it isn't for yourself; you are representing Clarkston."

"They know they have the talent and they can do it," said Kersten. "We are excited and looking forward to the end of February."

The boys varsity team is Timothy Cuthrell, Anthony Hernandez, Jacob Kersten, Kyle Kirby, Brock Nowak, and Eric Wagner.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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