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Athlete of The Week
Going for the strike

May 02, 2012

Stephanie Lavely
When Stephanie Lavely, now a senior at Clarkston High School, opened her varsity career for the girls varsity bowling team she left a big impression.

She took a step towards the lane in her first meet as the team went against Farmington Hills in 2008. She went through the steps and released the ball sending it down the wooden lane, speeding towards the pins. The ball hit the pins and caused a domino effect as all went down for a strike - her first in many more to come.

She finished her career this year at the MHSAA Singles Bowling Finals in 39th place, March 3. She bowled a total of 997 and had a high game of 202.

Lavely joined the Lady Wolves' varsity team as a freshman. Soon her commitment was obvious the commitment as she began bowling five days a week, practicing after school, after practice, even practicing after meets.

Her parents remember one day in particular. The team just finished bowling at the regionals meet. On the way home, Stephanie had to stop and practice because she wanted to work some more before the singles regionals.

During her four years with the varsity team she only lost four matches and was undefeated her junior year. In the same year, Lavely and her teammates won the OAA Tournament and the MHSAA Region 3 Championships.

She qualified for states during her freshman, junior, and senior years.

In her final year she won the OAA Singles Tournaments and received Clarkston's Four Year Varsity Award. Lavely was also named to the All-Conference and All-County teams this year and last year.

Lavely continues to compete during the off season and bowls regularly in the Michigan Junior Masters Association and the Junior Tournament Bowlers Association of Ohio. She bowls as a Junior Gold Member and qualified for the 2012 Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis this upcoming July. She qualified to bowl in Las Vegas last year and Indianapolis in 2010.

Her parents are Jamie and Deb and a sister, Samantha.