Testing their individual skills over the holiday break, Oxford’s varsity bowlers made strong showings at the Davison Doubles and Bakers Dozen. Both events gave the teams a preview of some players who have the potential to compete at high level in the post season.
On Jan. 5, the combined efforts of the boys and girls teams sent four mixed teams to the Bakers Dozen in Clinton Township. According to Head Coach JR Lafnear, the Bakers Dozen is a notoriously difficult competition, but the Wildcats came to play hard.
Three of the four teams Oxford sent made it to the final four round, with the girls taking third overall. Lafnear saw talent at the match that he thinks will benefit the ladies as they aim for state finals.
“The girls’ final four very well could be the final four at the state finals,” he said. “This was an incredible field and I’m proud of the showing these young ladies had.”
The week before on Dec. 29, the teams travelled to the Davison Doubles, sending 12 mixed pairs to compete. To start, 75 teams competed for the match’s 32 spots, of which Oxford claimed six.
By the end of the competition, the pair of senior Megan Armbruster and junior Zach Barrows came in fifth overall. Two of Oxford’s other pairs, senior Claire Sandstrom and senior Dalton Hopps and well as sophomore Tony Verbeke and junior Mya Bruno landed spots in the competition’s top 16.
Both teams will be back at it tomorrow, Jan. 10, when they travel to Hazel Park.