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Mens and Womens Bowling finishes first place in tournaments 

BY NICK MISIAK
SPORTS EDITOR

PHOTOS BY ANDREW RELLENGER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (top from left) Ben Jakes, Leon Hutchcraft, Colton Ma-Wu, Wesley Richards, Ricky Rutenbar, Coach Patrick Yeslik, Ben Berger, Sam Berger. (middle from left) Ella Kearney and Bianca Greco. (bottom from left) Bethany McCormick, Yvette Ayers, Ameera Sirhan and Angela Rodriguez.

PHOTOS BY ANDREW RELLENGER
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (top from left) Ben Jakes, Leon Hutchcraft, Colton Ma-Wu, Wesley Richards, Ricky Rutenbar, Coach Patrick Yeslik, Ben Berger, Sam Berger. (middle from left) Ella Kearney and Bianca Greco. (bottom from left) Bethany McCormick, Yvette Ayers, Ameera Sirhan and Angela Rodriguez.

On Friday, Feb. 13, the Schoolcraft College Mens and Womens Bowling teams hosted Kirtland Community College, Muskegon Community College and Wayne County Community College in the Schoolcraft College Invitational held at MerriBowl Lanes. Despite entering the final round down by over 100 pins, the men came within 18 pins of first place and took second place behind Muskegon, but the women pulled out their first victory of the season, behind a 556 pin performance from sophomore Angela Rodriguez.

The late, almost-comeback by the Ocelots was aided by two impressive rounds in the final game by sophomores Colton Ma-Wu (216) and Ben Jakes (218). Sophomore Ricky Rutenbar (168-226-201-595), freshman Leon Hutchcraft (201-192-183-576) and freshman Josh Coffee (168-182-204- 554) all performed well for the men.

For the women, Yvette Ayers (134-169-203-506), Ella Kearney (168-153-125- 446), Ameera Sirhan (127-136-112- 375) and Bethany McCormick (98-87-116) all contributed to the Ocelots first place triumph.

“Overall I’m very happy. I think we have some great momentum carrying us into the state championship next week,” said head coach Patrick Yeslik. “Our practice and effort are starting to pay off.”

Freshman Josh Coffee slings the ball down the lane in the Ocelot’s second place finish at MerriBowl Lanes on Feb. 13.

Freshman Josh Coffee slings the ball down the lane in the Ocelot’s second place finish at MerriBowl Lanes on Feb. 13.

MEN TAKE FIRST IN KIRTLAND INVITE

The Schoolcraft men emerged victorious in the Kirtland Community College Invitational on Feb. 6, trumping host Kirtland, Muskegon and Wayne County for top honors at the tournament.

Kaylup Richards bowled a remarkable 812 pins to accompany Ricky Rutenbar (798) and Leon Hutchcraft (793) as the top performers for the Ocelots. Josh Coffee (776), Colton Ma- Wu (740), Sam Berger (714), Ben Berger (708) and Ben Jakes (631) also contributed to the Ocelots’ first tournament win of the season.

The women were again led by Angela Rodriguez and battled to a second place finish behind Muskegon. Rodriguez bowled rounds of 224, 159 and 226 en route to 765 pins and a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Ella Kearney (727) and Yvette Ayers (645) aided the Ocelot effort.

Schoolcraft will next compete in the MCCAA Bowling Championship on Friday, Feb. 27, at Northway Lanes in Muskegon. For results of the Wayne County Community College Invitational that took place on Friday, Feb. 20, visit www.schoolcraftconnection. com.