Schoolcraft bowling teams compete to win
By Ross Guider, Staff Writer
Winning has not been an issue for second year Schoolcraft bowling Head Coach Patrick Yelsik. Right from the start, his coaching techniques have stuck with his players. Last seasons talented roster represented Schoolcraft at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) na-tional tournament among nineteen other schools. Nationally, the Ocelots finished in the top fifteen for both men’s and women’s during the 2014-2015 season. This season, Coach Yelsik and his talented rosters look to continue the winning tradition.
“Tournaments aren’t competition between bowlers,” said Freshman Ashley Schou. “They connect talented individuals with the same concept: success.”
On Jan. 15 the Ocelots squared up against eight sizable opponents as talented community colleges and four year universities participated in the Great Lakes Classic Tournament located held at Muskegon, MI. In the end, the Ocelots were rewarded for their strong team effort allowing them to finish fourth on the men’s side and fifth on the women’s side. Freshman Ashley Schou for the women rolled a team best of a 741 four game series, earning her a spot on the All-tournament team. As for the men, freshman Kacey Brezovsky headlined the top performance after rolling a 741 four game series.
“Overall I was happy with our performance with it being the first tournament of the year, it was a pretty deep field on both the men’s and women’s sides so it was a good experience for what wemay be seeing later on in the season,” said Coach Yelsik.
Next up for the Ocelots was a two-hour road trip north to West Branch, MI where the men and women competed against five other schools in the Kirtland Community College Tournament on Jan. 22. Schoolcraft performed well with the men placing first and the women placing third. The men were 387 pins in front of second place Kirtland and placing third was the Muskegon Jayhawks. Top performers for the men were sophomore Ben Jakes who rolled a 658 three game series and sophomore Sean McKinney who rolled a 657 three game series.
For the women, Mid-Michigan took first while Muskegon finished second in front of Schoolcraft. Ashley Schou led the team in an overall 503 three game series.
“Coming in first on the mens side was great, but it was even better seeing them perform to their potential,” said coach Yelsik. “This is such a hard working group so its good to see it pay off for them.”
”Our goal is to get better each week and perform well at our home tournament on Feb. 5 and then really be hitting our stride for the Regional Tournament which will determine who goes onto Nationals,” said coach Yelsik.
Moving forward, the Ocelot bowling team is set to host two tournaments at Merribowl in Livonia, MI. The Feb. 5 contest will consist of five competitive teams while the Regional Tournament on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. will be a battle against Wayne, Muskegon and Kirtland. The winner ofthe Regional Tournament heads to nationals in Buffalo, NY. Head Coach Patrick Yelsik and his two squads realize they have a great opportunity presented with playing in front of friends and family but know it will not be obtained without performing.
For more stats, schedules and the roster, visit MCCAA.org.