February 19, 2014 - The Wolves are ready as they head into the MHSAA Bowling Regionals this week after a successful run in Regina's Bowl Swami Heart Breaker Bakers, Feb. 8.
From left Jacob Kersten, Sophie Hubble, Eric Wagner, Chelsea Turk and Timothy Cuthrell. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
"We did really good," said Lenny Kersten, assistant bowling coach. "One team qualified third and we got knocked out in the first round. The other team qualified sixth and got knocked out in the first round. We had individual standouts who did really well."
The standouts for the tournament were Timothy Cuthrell, Sophie Hubble, Jacob Kersten, Chelsea Turk and Eric Wagner.
"We did well but we know we could have done better," said Jacob. "We had a fun day."
They added it was a tough tournament because the teams are blended with boys and girls.
"Usually it is just the girls team and the boys team," Hubble said.
"There is a different chemistry," Jacob added.
With regionals beginning this week the five reflected on their favorite moments of the season so far. For Cuthrell and Wagner it was going against Oxford.
"We lost by eight pins," Wagner added. "It was a fun one. The team was very energetic and loud. It seemed like everyone came together."
Turk enjoyed finishing in the top ten in her series during the OAA tournament.
Kersten and Hubble enjoyed the singles tournament at Collier Lanes, which was the first tournament of the year.
"It came down to Eric and me in the finals," Jacob said. "It was cool to have Clarkston with a sure win no matter what happened."
"It qualified third for series and second for high game," Hubble said about her playing. "I was a finalist. I thought it was cool for my only third year of bowling."
Hubble began playing only years ago while her teammate Turk has 13 years experience. Wagner has played for 16 years while Jacob and Cuthrell have played for 12 years each.
"One of my favorite moments is still yet to come because we have a lot of potential for regionals this year," Jacob said. "As long as we can pick up spares and if we can come out on top – individually and as a team – we have a really good shot at states this year."
"I think we have potential," Turk added.
Hubble pointed out a bonus is the closeness of the team and there is more potential next year as well since all of the bowlers on the girls team are returning.
"No matter what the outcome we have grown closer as a team," Jacob said. "I have had more chemistry this year with my team than I have in the past. Having really good chemistry helps you bowling because you are a lot more confident and you know if you throw a bad shot your team is there to pick you up. They will help you."
"We are just one big happy family," Turk smiled.
Hubble added they have bonded a lot more with their coaches as well.
The girls and boys teams play in Region 3 this week at 300 Bowl in Waterford.
"We have learned a lot this year and we were able to fix a lot of our errors we made early on," Jacob said. "Now we are ready for regionals."
"For the girls last year we did pretty good and took third," Turk added. "I think this year we will pull through and take first."
The finals are next week at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights.
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. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.