TRAVERSE CITY — Glen Lake coach Heather Oberstadt didn’t want to create any additional pressure on her team Friday in the Division 4 bowling regional at Lucky Jacks.
So, with the Lakers battling St. Ignace for the third and final qualifying spot in the girls’ team competition, Oberstadt kept the scores to herself.
“It was tight the entire day,” she said. “There was a lot of pressure (in the final game). But I didn’t tell the girls where they were. They had no clue the whole time. They just went up there and bowled their game and it worked out for us. The pressure was on me. I was the nervous one. They were fine.”
Led by junior Kary Pleva, the Great Northwest Conference individual champion, Glen Lake secured its first state finals berth by finishing third — 22 pins ahead of St. Ignace. Rogers City won its seventh consecutive girls regional title, rolling a 3208, 246 pins ahead of runner-up Ishpeming Westwood. The Patriots finished with a 2962. Glen Lake came in at 2731. The top three teams advance to the state finals next weekend at Battle Creek.
Rogers City also captured the boys title with a 3751. It was the fifth consecutive regional crown for the boys. L’Anse placed second at 3392 and Elk Rapids third at 3173. This will be the Elks first trip to the state boys finals.
“We’ve been close (in the past),” coach Ken Hicks said. “This is probably our best team.”
The Elks had to withstand a late challenge by Bellaire, which finished fourth at 3128. The Eagles gained 115 pins on the Elks in the final game to make it interesting.
Teams rolled six Baker games, followed by three regular games.
In the girls regional, Glen Lake trailed St. Ignace by 15 pins with just two games remaining. The Lakers then took a five-pin lead into the final game.