BALDWIN CAPTURES FIRST MJMA TITLE IN U20 BOYS

Imari BlondImari Blond Norman BaldwinNorman Baldwin Anna MaxwellAnna Maxwell Brendan AshleyBrendan Ashley

Norman Baldwin (Alto, MI) captured his first Michigan Junior Masters Association title at our recent event in Battle Creek, Michigan at Bowlero Lanes. Seems fitting that since we were at Bowlero Lanes for the very first time that we would have a new champion crowned. Baldwin survived the tough 36 foot pattern that was set out and very quietly worked his way through the field of U20 boys from his spot as the final qualifier heading into brackets.

Baldwin started his run by taking out the #5 seed Ryan Winters (Livonia, MI) in round one 458‐408 and followed that up by knocking off the #4 seed Dillon McArthur (Davison, MI) 425‐395 in round two. Baldwin faced off against Tyler Kolassa (CenterLine, MI) in the semi finals and moved a step closer to his first win with a 425‐321 win. On the other side of the bracket, Trevor Morgan (Kalamazoo, MI) was working his way through the pack as well. As the #3 seed Morgan had a bye in round one and faced Korey Reichard (Jackson, MI) in round two. Morgan squeezed out a 349‐335 win to advance to the semi finals against #7 seed Jonathan Bratton (West Bloomfield, MI). Morgan stayed consistent against Bratton, who struggled a bit with the lanes conditions, and advanced to his first finals with a 388‐290 win.

The finals were back and forth but Morgan had opened up a small lead after game one and was looking to build into game two. Baldwin though opened a 10 pin lead through five frames and then doubled in the 6th and 7th to open a 30 pin lead that he never relinquished and earned his first MJMA title with a 350‐314 win.

The U20 ladies saw some back and forth action as well as three of the top four seeds were knocked out in round one of the bracket portion of the event. Imari Blond (Flint, MI) was the lone survivor out of the top four to advance and she took advantage of the opportunity. Blond knocked out #7 seed Lindsay Layman (Mattawan, MI) in round two 392‐271 and set herself up in the finals for the third straight event. Hannah Forton (Macomb, MI) had disposed of the #1 seed Brittney Kinney (Columbia City, IN) in round one and then took care of business in round two against #5 seed Stephanie Schalk (Roseville, MI) 388‐333 to advance into the finals against Blond.

Forton, the #8 seed, opened up a one pin lead after game one so game two was going to one for all the marbles. Blond started strong with 3 strikes in the first four frames but Forton was hanging in there but a split in the 7th followed by an open in the 8th frame gave Blond an edge. Forton came up in the tenth frame with a chance to win after Bland had already posted her score but getting nine on the first ball was not enough to make up what she needed and Blond locked up her third straight title 375‐355.

The U15 division saw repeat champions as Anna Maxwell (Westland, MI) took home her third straight ladies title. Maxwell qualified first and took the #4 seed Allison Robbins (Flint, MI) out in round one 350‐271 while newcomer and hometown girl Ashland Hoyt (Battle Creek, MI), the #2 seed, took out #3 seed Cheyenne Washington (Orion Twp., MI) in round one 312‐303. In the finals both bowlers matched shot for shot but it was Maxwell filling frames at the end of game two that pushed her over the top to a 346‐310 win.

Brendan Ashley (Davison, MI) was the #1 seed for the U15 boys and got a first round bye along with the #2 seed David Schaberg (Holt, MI). They waited while the other four U15 boys competed for their chance to move up and face the top seeds. The higher seeds #3 Carter Milasinovich (Macomb, MI) and #4 seed Bradley Folks (Belleville, MI) both prevailed in their matched to advance to the semi finals. Folks and Ashley both won their matches to advance to face each other in the finals. Folks took a 12 pin lead from game one into game two but Ashley was determined to make a run at him and he did just that. Ashley took control early in game two and kept the pressure on Folks all through the game and ended the match by winning his second MJMA U15 boys title 335‐289.

We also qualified five more bowlers for next years IBC Junior Gold Championships in Dallas, Texas. Carter Milasinovich, Ashland Hoyt, Brittney Kinney, Cameron Klein and Jeffrey Lizewski II all earned their spots for the national tournament next July.

Our next event will be on October 7‐8, 2017 at Richfield Bowl in Richfield, Michigan, just outside of Flint, MI. This two day event will kick off at 11:00AM on Saturday, October 7th with qualifying and then the top bowlers will come back to compete in head to head match play beginning at 9:00AM on Sunday, October 8th. Check in will begin at 9:30AM on Saturday and this will be a Junior Gold qualifying event with the top finishers at the end of the tournament who are a MJMA member, Junior Gold member and are not yet qualified for Dallas, earn their automatic spots. This is also a double points event so those bowlers looking at the season long points chase for Bowler of the Year and Rookie of the Year will want to make sure they are on the roster for this event. Entry forms are available HERE. Should you have any questions, please contact Jerry Tarabek at jtarabek@conedrive.com or by calling 616-780‐2095. Look forward to seeing everyone in Richfield on October 7th, 2017!

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