03-05-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma lady bowlers head back to state, Comets team wins 2nd regional title in a row

The lady Comet bowlers will have the opportunity to defend their Division 3 state title this week when they hit the lanes for the team competition on Friday, March 6.  The Coloma gals won the team regional title for the second consecutive year, the first time for this accomplishment since the 2009-2010 seasons.

BACK TO BACK REGIONAL TITLES… The Coloma lady bowlers accomplished what they haven’t done since 2009-2010 season. The Comet bowlers won their second consecutive regional championship, taking the first qualifying position over 2nd place Hopkins and 3rd place South Haven. Pictured are (from the left): Back row – Ashley Ikerd, Emily Feldten, Coach Carley Burrell, Carissa Richmond, and Morgan Hosbein; Front row holding the trophy – Madison McQuillan and Eadie Needham.

The Division 3 state tournament will be bowled this year at Jax 60 Bowl in Jackson, Michigan with the team event on the 6th, while the individual event will take place on Saturday, March 7. The Comet ladies also qualified three bowlers for the individual event, and the Comet boys will have one bowling for the individual state title.

The ladies team won the regional title with a total pin fall of 3,341. Hopkins finished in 2nd place and South Haven finished in 3rd.  The format for the team event includes six Baker games then three individual scored games, and those scores totaled.  The top 3 regional teams all have a spot in the team state finals.

The Coloma team members who will be competing at state for a back to back team title are, Ashley Ikerd, Emily Feldten, Carissa Richmond, Morgan Hosbein, Madison McQuillan, and Eadie Needham. They are coached by Carley Burrell.  Carley is very proud of her team and believes they have the talent to get hot, and bring home another state championship trophy.

The ladies who also finished in the top 10 individual event, which qualifies them for the individual crown as well are, Morgan Hosbein who finished 2nd, Emily Feldten 5th, and Carissa Richmond who finished in 10th. All three are seniors with a ton of experience behind them.

QUALIFY FOR STATE… Four Coloma Comet senior bowlers have qualified for the state individual bowling championship to be held on Saturday, March 7 at Jax 60 Bowl in Jackson. Nick Santarlas finished 6th for the boys to qualify at regional competition, while the girls were (from the left) Emily Feldten in 4th, Carissa Richmond in 10th, and Morgan Hosbein in 2nd qualifying at the regionals. The Comet girls team also qualified to compete at state.

The male Comet bowlers came up just a little short in the team competition. They finished fourth – just one spot out of qualifying for state.  Nick Santarlas, another Comet senior, qualified as an individual for the state tourney by finishing in 6th place.

Good luck at state to all of our Comet competitors.