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High school bowling regionals got underway on Friday across the state of Michigan. A Division 2 regional at Town N Country Lanes in Westland featured several Downriver and Dearborn-area teams. On the girls' side, Melvindale qualified for the state finals while a handful of other individuals qualified for the singles finals. This year's regional format is very much different than in years past due to COVID-19 protocols. Rather than a two-day event, with team qualifying one day and individuals the next, host schools squeezed it into a one-day meet. This is largely in part due to a modified scoring system to determine state qualifiers. This year, each school was allotted five bowlers plus one substitute. Those five each bowled four single games that counted both towards their individual and team scoring. No baker games took place at the meet. The top 10 individuals still qualified for states, however, the number of team qualifiers was trimmed down from three to two. Melvindale as a team finished in second place out of 17 teams with a series total of 3287, second only to first-place Tecumseh (3327). The difference between the first-place and forth-place teams was just 108 pins. New Boston Huron teammates Alyssa DeVita (729) and Julia Skowron (713) finished fifth and sixth out of 85 eligible bowlers. Melvindale's Macayla Lane (696) finished seventh while Carlson's Jenna Krolak (686) placed eighth. Tecumseh's Abby Werden (754) was the singles regional champion. As for other local teams, regional host Huron (3219) finished in fourth behind Huron League foe Carleton Airport (3247). Riverview (3119) finished in fifth; Trenton (2976) in seventh; Southgate Anderson (2736) in 10th; Gibraltar Carlson (2723) in 11th, Dearborn Heights Annapolis (2529) in 12th and Allen Park (2337) in 15th. For Melvindale, all five of its bowlers on Friday finished inside the top 25 overall. Alexa Marth missed the cut line by just five pins, tallying a four-game total of 678. Marth also finished 11th at regionals a season ago, missing the cut then by seven pins. The other three Cardinals -- Hannah Drys (642), Isabella Bonnici (639) and Hailey Young (632) finished 20th through 22nd. In addition to DeVita and Skowron, Huron got a top-20 finish from Kyndy Bennett (646 - 19th). Rounding out things for the host Chiefs were Cecily Hughes (601) in 31st and Anna-Marie Richert (530) in 48th. Riverview got three top-20 finishers with Kara Mirch (674) in 12th, Maya Landry (673) in 13th and Stephanie Klotz (656) in 16th. The other two Pirates on deck Friday were Kaylee Epling (579) in 34th and Emily Hammons (537) in a tie for 45th. Ava Airgood (651) led Trenton on the day with a 17th-place finish. The rest of the Trojans' five scorers consisted of Bayleigh Shimmell (612) in 27th, Kyleigh Clawson (583) in 33rd, Emily Kettler (567) in a tie for 36th and Emily Martin (563) in 40th. For Anderson, Stefanie Tasevski (625) led the way by placing 24th overall. Other bowlers for the Titans included Samantha McCuaig (604) in 30th, Britney Manning (510) in 57th, Hailey Dupuie (506) in 59th, and Jordan Hunt (491) in 67th. For Carlson, Krolak qualified for states after averaging a 33rd-place finish each of the previous three seasons. A fourth-game score of 230, the highest single-game score on the day, effectively vaulted her into the top 10. As for her Marauder teammates, Olivia Paolucci (537) tied for 45th, Brooklyn DesJardins (502) tied for 61st, Alayna Costa (501) tied for 63rd and Madelyn O'Connor (497) finished 65th. Samantha Durham (570) had the best showing for Annapolis on Friday, good for 35th overall. As for the rest of the Cougars, Makayla Thompson (535) finished 47th, Ava Sikes (522) finished 53rd, Ryann Nickell (495) finished 66th, and Emma Silverthorn (407) finished 80th. Sign up for our daily morning newsletter Sign up for our daily morning newsletter Click here and then look to the right side for the sign up to the morning newsletter for The News Herald, and you can get the top headlines de… For Allen Park, it was Ariel Teatsorth (559) leading the way with a 43rd-place finish. The rest of the Jags' scores from Friday featured Aubrey Maveal (502) in 61st, Gracyn Gartside (448) in 75th, Katelyn Douglas (422) in 78th and Isabelle Shaowatter (406) in 81st. -UP NEXT- The Division 2 state championships will be held on March 26 and 27 at Century Lanes. Unlike the regional round here this week, the finals will be a more traditional format like in years past. The team portion of the meet will be on Friday the 26th; the individual finals on Saturday the 27th. The scoring will revert back to normal that includes the qualifying block before entering match play. Start times are still TBD....

3/22/2021

The Melvindale Varsity Girls Bowling team has now gone for two straight years without a loss in the WWAC league. This is an amazing feat for a team that has no seniors on it. Congrats girls--let's make it a three-peat!...

3/11/2021

Melvindale High School's varsity Competitive Cheer team hosted it's 3rd home quad. The team keeps improving its routine and achieving new heights this year as they prepare for team districts on Saturday, March 20th at Allen Park High School....

3/3/2021

Congratulations to senior Musa Yahia who earned his 150th varsity wrestling win!...

3/3/2021

Melvindale Soccer has a lot of accomplishments in the last decade: 4 District Titles, 1 Regional Championship, a run to the State Finals last year and a 2017 Downriver League Championship. Now, add a Western Wayne Athletic Conference Championship to the list. The 2020 Cardinal squad took a perfect record through the league to capture their first WWAC title. Congrats Boys Soccer and good luck in districts!...

10/15/2020

A Week 4 matchup in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference on Friday, Oct. 9 featured Melvindale at Dearborn Heights Annapolis. It marked the second-to-last league contest for both teams in 20. After losing by 37 points in last year's meeting, the visiting Cardinals exacted their revenge by pitching a 19-0 shutout against the Cougars. For Melvindale, (2-2, 2-2 WWAC) it also marked the team’s second consecutive victory after snapping the program’s 15-game losing streak the week before against Romulus. The Cards got on the board late in the first quarter on a Jason Gabbard rushing touchdown from a few yards out. After a missed PAT, the visitors led Annapolis (0-4, 0-4 WWAC) 6-0 and carried that score into halftime. Melvindale slowly began to wear down the Cougars in the second half. The Cards tallied two more rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, both courtesy of Isaiah Luna. The first of his scores came midway through the third from three yards out, a scoring drive aided by a 30-yard completion on fourth down in Annapolis territory. The other came in the waning seconds of the quarter, a 32-yard run to the end zone. The Cards failed to connect on a two-point try after Luna's second touchdown and led 19-0, which ultimately held up as the final score. Albeit not the prettiest victory, Melvindale coach Derek Anderson was certainly pleased with the gritty performance. "Unfortunately we've been a second half team so far this season," Anderson said. "We still need to put together four quarters where we hopefully get everything figured out. We have a lot of older guys on this team, some of whom are playing outside of their game and we need to keep them inside themselves." Anderson was especially proud of the effort on the defensive side of the ball. He also spoke highly of both Gabbard and Luna, who are part of a senior-laden bunch. "We've really lacked senior leadership the last couple of years," Anderson said. "The guys this year have really stepped up their game and are leading not just on the field but in the classroom, getting the younger players ready for the future. For as long as I've been here, we strive to be a part of the community, becoming all-around good men and they really embrace that." On the other side, it was a frustrating evening for Annapolis coaches and players. Cougars coach AJ Linares attributed their struggles on Friday to a lack of cohesiveness. "We are significantly better than we have shown here," Linares said. "I don't know what has happened with our chemistry but that is what I feel is the big deal right now. It's not a matter of skill, nor even a matter of effort, they are just not flowing together. "I don't know what it is right now," he said. "I don't know if it is everything that is going on in the world that these kids are seeing and hearing. You got a lot of outside influences that just nag at these kids and they don't really know how to handle it. The unfortunate reality is when that happens, it shows on the field." Those challenges aside, Linares was pleased with another solid defensive showing. Annapolis defensively has yielded 20 points or fewer in three of its four games played. Offensively, there are a lot of new faces for the Cougars this season but Linares is slowly but surely seeing improvement from sophomore quarterback Hassan Rivers and his dual-threat capabilities. The hosts had three different drives stall out in Melvindale territory on Friday night, including two in the red zone. Both teams are scheduled to play their league finale on Friday, Oct. 16. Melvindale will host Redford Union (3-1, 3-1 WWAC) while Annapolis will make the quick trip to Dearborn Heights Robichaud (1-3, 1-3 WWAC)....

10/15/2020

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