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Mixed bag for bowlers

February 16, 2011 - It was mixed results for the varsity bowling teams after they participated in the Oakland Activities Association tournament on Sunday, Feb. 13.

After going 6-4 on the season, the girls cranked it up and found themselves in third place behind Clarkston and Lake Orion after the qualifying round.

Junior Heather Lafnear propelled the girls in the two team games in qualifying, shooting a 199 and 225 while senior Aylssa Hurtado rolled a 186. The team also averaged 175 over the six baker games in qualifying, up from their season average of 150.

The Lady Wildcats opened up against Royal Oak in the elimination rounds and won 162-144 and 189-173 in the two games.

In the next round, Oxford squared off against rival Lake Orion. They lost game one 234-199, but responded by winning game two 211-178, setting up a decisive game three. Lake Orion kept it close throughout the match, but Oxford pulled away late, winning 172-135 and setting themselves up for a tournament championship match against Clarkston.

Unfortunately, the girls ran out of steam, losing 206-155 and 188-120.

"It was a great effort by our lady bowlers and really a peek into next year," head coach JR Lafnear said. "We feel like this team is only going to get better and better. I couldn't have been prouder of these ladies today."

Heather Lafnear and junior Colleen Walters earned high honors for their bowling during the tournament. Lafnear was named to the first team all conference, while Walters was named to the second team.

Meanwhile, the boys couldn't get anything going all day and finished with a last place score of 2653.

According to coach Lafnear, the highlights of the boys day was a 216 baker game and a 195 from freshman Brandon Hurlburt.

"It's tough watching the guys work so hard and not succeeding," coach Lafnear said. "They are setting themselves up for the future, but it's not real fun right now. We are trying to keep positive and we'll keep working hard; there is no quit with these guys."

The boys finished the season with a 3-7 record. In last week's action, the boys lost 22-8 to Hazel Park, 21-9 to North Farmington and 29-1 to Farmington Harrison.

Meanwhile the girls went 2-1 last week, defeating Hazel Park 28-2 and North Farmington 23-7. They lost a close 16-14 match to Farmington Harrison.

Up next for the bowlers is regionals on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Andrew Moser is a staff writer for the Oxford Leader.
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