Baldwin bowlers win regional title
BALDWIN — Baldwin’s boys bowling team handily won the Division 4 region 20 title on Feb. 22 at Sherman Lanes in Muskegon.
There were 16 teams in the team tournament. Baldwin bowled a 3,740 while St. Patrick was second at 3,589
Baldwin also had four individual bowlers qualify on Saturday for the individual state finals
“They did spectacular this weekend,” Baldwin coach Donny Slimmen said. “Watching all the other teams, I’d say our team showed a lot of control in the game. Everyone else was all over the place. A key focus at the beginning of the season was balance. Technique is 90 percent of the game.”
Ryan Kolenbrander was also the individual regional champ. He had a 1,160 to beat Lakeview’s Shane Esterline with 1,143.
Also for Baldwin, Darrin Thomas was fourth (1,104), Demarko Williams fifth (1,101) and Jessie Pancio ninth (1,091). The top 10 qualify for the individual state finals this weekend.
Baldwin now goes to M66 Lanes in Battle Creek for the state meet.
The team event is on Friday and individual event on Saturday.
While Kolenbrander, Thomas, Williams and Pancio are in the individual event, they also will be in the team meet along with Ronald Brown, Isaah Defrece and Logan Theisen.
“We can go in there with the potential of winning it as long as we go in there and focus,” Slimmen said. “We need to go in there with the right mindset and work hard with it.”
Kolenbrander has a chance to win the individual event, Slimmen indicated.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Kolenbrander said. “It isn’t the best I bowled all season. I was trying to figure the lanes patterns so I can get ready for state. I figured them out pretty good.”
Being “consistent” at the state meet will be critical,” he said. “I’m going to try to win it all. The team is pretty solid.”