01-02-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath


Coloma Comet boys and girls bowlers remain undefeated

Both the boys and girls Coloma bowling teams have had a busy month of December to get the season off and rolling, and both teams have been up to the challenge so far. Each is undefeated in head to head matches with in and out of conference schools.

COLOMA BOWLERS FINISH 1st & 2nd… The Coloma girls bowling team competed in Kalamazoo at the Holiday singles tournament on Sat-urday, Dec. 28. The Comets placed three girls in the final eight places, as Morgan Hosbein finished in first place, Carissa Richmond came in second, and Emily Feldten came in 7th place. Comet girls (from the left): Morgan Hosbein, Coach Carley Burrell, Carissa Richmond, and Emily Feldten.


On Dec. 16 the Coloma boys headed up to Saugatuck for a conference match and rolled over the Indians to the tune of a 29-1 score. The girls were off on this date because Saugatuck is not fielding a bowling team this year.

The Comets took all 10 baker points as they won the first game 155-96 and the second game by a score of 153-119. The Comets also took 19 of the 20 individual and team points, with Nick Santarlas leading the way with a 2-game total of 371. Nick had scores of 165 and 206. Damian Gomez shot 179 & 167 for a 346 total. Jon Swetay shot 150 and 156 for a 306. Charlie Cullitan rolled a one game score of 168. Ryan Wilson shot a 137 first game. Cameron Needham shot a 166 second game and Noah Blankenship shot a first game score of 133.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18 the boys and girls were in action at Kelley’s bowl, the Comets home site. The girls pitched a shutout against the Parchment Panthers, winning all the points 30-0, as the boys also won overwhelmingly by a score of 27-3.

For the boys, they once again won all 10 of the baker points, first game 186-145, the second game 197-141, and the total 383 to 286. For the Comets who bowled in both games, Jon Swetay led the way with a 341 (158 & 183). Charlie Cullitan was right behind him by a pin with a 340 total and a high game of 192. Nick Santarlas shot a 331 on games of 159 and 172. Damian Gomez shot a 314 with a high game of 175. Ryan Wilson shot a first game score of 125 and Cameron Needham shot a second game score of 120.

On the girls lanes, the Panthers of Parchment weren’t able to put up much of a fight as it appears they must have most of the their team composed of first or second year bowlers. Parchment only shot 3 of their 10 games over 100, and their baker scores were both in the 70s. The Comet gals shot baker scores of 128 and 130, to win all 10 baker points. Carissa Richmond shot a very fine 257 second game and totaled 404 to lead the Comets. Morgan Hosbein shot games of 184 and 156 for a 340 total. Madison McQuillan shot a 328 total with a high game of 172. Ashley Ikerd shot a 2-game total of 219 and Eadie Needham shot a 2-game total of 214. The Coloma bowlers shot team scores of 726 and 779, for a team total of 1,505.

Comets compete at Portage Northern Huskies Holiday Singles Invitational

The Coloma boys and girls varsity bowling teams competed on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Continental Lanes in Portage for the Huskies Singles Invitational. Both boys and girls had a couple of fantastic finishers.

On the boy’s side Jonathon Swetay finished in 5th place, and Ryan Wilson finished in 9th. There was a four game qualifying, and Ryan Wilson shot 165, 144, 180 and 193 for a 682. Jon Swetay shot 192, 186, 169 and 133 for a 680 total. Nick Santarlas started out hot with a 231 but really cooled off with scores of 151, 141, and 136 for a 659. Damian Gomez was steady but shot a little low for him, as he had a 651 total on games of 169, 153, 172 and 157. Charlie Cullitan was up and down as he had scores of 181, 131, 167 and 133 for a 612.

On the girls side the Comets had three bowlers in the top seven including the top two spots in the standings. Morgan Hosbein was the top female bowler on the day and Carissa Richmond finished behind her in second place. Also bowling very well and finishing in 7th place was Emily Feldton. No scores were made available for the girls.