‘Cats keep the pins flying, take OOA Red title

Both the Oxford girls and boys varsity bowling teams on Monday night after wrapping up league titles at Collier Lanes. Photo courtesy of Coach Lafner

Both the Oxford Wildcat Girls and Boys bowling teams finished off their regular seasons as OAA Red Division champions.
They won their crowns with wins over Avondale on Monday night. The boys won 27 to 3 and the girls won 30 to 0. The girls were 7-1 overall on the season and 3-0 in the Red Division. According to bowling coach Claude “Jr.” Lafnear, the girls last won the OAA Red in 2019 and this is their 4th league title. The boys went 11-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in division. This is the boys ninth straight league championship and their 10th title overall.
The teams have the OAA league tournament Wednesday and Regionals in Lansing on Friday.
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Leading up to their wins on Monday, the Cats hosted cross-town rivals Lake Orion last week.
Both the boys and girls teams took care of the Lake Orion Dragons on Feb. 14 at Collier Lanes. It was also Senior night for both teams.
The boys swept both baker games and cruised to a 27 to 3 victory. The Wildcats got solid bowling from the entire team. Jason Paslean shot a 202 and 182 to score 2 points for the Cat’s. Other bowlers scoring points were Tommy Mace 236, Jake Love 208, Blake Denning 223, and Preston Cupler 211.
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The girl’s match against Lake Orion was much closer. The girls split baker games and Oxford came out with a 6 to 4 lead. The Wildcat won Game 1 by a 109 pins. Leading the Wildcats was Tessa Bonk with a 200. Macey Strevel 179, Kiley Penzien 161 and Ashley Bales 146 all took points in the game victory. Game 2 Bales 175 and Bonk would win and that was all the Wildcats needed to win the match 22 to 8.
“The girls bowled strong tonight as did the boys. We have a lot of bowling to go this season but both teams are positioned well for OAA Titles,” Lafnear said. “We still want to make some noise at the OAA team event and Regionals, too.”

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