Where is the bowling capital of the Catholic League? Hint: the schools are located just a mile apart on the east side of the metropolitan area. More specifically, in Macomb County.
That really narrows it down. You only have four schools to pick from.
You are correct if you guessed De La Salle and Regina. Both are in Warren — De La Salle on Common between 12 and 13 Mile roads, Regina on Masonic between 13 and 14 Mile roads, both east of Schoenherr. (FYI: The other Macomb County schools in the CHSL are Lutheran North in Macomb Township and Austin Catholic, newly relocated in Chesterfield Township.)
The boys from De La Salle have two reasons to celebrate: the varsity won the CHSL East Side championship, their first crown since 2013, and the junior varsity team won both its league East Side title and the Macomb County JV trophy.
The girls from Regina won the East Side championship for the third straight time, and fourth in the last five years.
About the DLS varsity: “Expectations weren’t high,” said coach Jay Lang. “So, winning the league and then the (Catholic League) tournament was great.” The team missed qualifying for the state finals by 49 pins.
The squad consisted of seniors Brendan DeSantis, Jacob Gleason, Jacob Nahed, Bradley Rago and Trevor Zygmontowicz, sophomore Alex Maas and freshman Sal Aiello.
DeSantis provided the season’s highlight, converting three pressure strikes in the tenth frame to give De La Salle a one-pin victory over Detroit U-D Jesuit in a tense tournament showdown.
This was Lang’s eighth season at DLS, his alma mater of 1992. He was a member of the Pilots’ 1991 state champs and an assistant coach of the 2006 Division I state titleists.
A 2014 inductee in the Greater Detroit Bowling Association Hall of Fame, Lang has bowled seventy-one 300 games.
On the JV side, the Pilots were a perfect 9-0 in the league. Coach Andrew Burke’s roster was comprised of junior triplets Nicko, Patrick and Tommy Sciortino, sophomore Jacob Kujawa and freshman Alex Thorn.
In the state JV finals, DLS made it to the top 16 (out of 49 schools) in the team competition, advancing to the round of eight before a disappointing elimination.
In the individual competition, Thorn wound up fourth overall. (An aside to Alex: Listen to your mother; try out for baseball!)
The 16-year-old Sciortinos carry bowling averages in the upper 170s. They manage bowling around heavy academic and extracurricular loads. Their grade point averages range between 4.1 and 3.7. Patrick is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, an academically challenging program preparing juniors and seniors for the rigors of college.
They all play in the Pilots band: Patrick the clarinet and saxophone, Nicko the trumpet, and Tom the trombone. Nicko is also drum major.
Patrick and Tom were among 21 members of the Distributive Education Clubs of America competing in marketing, finance, hospitality and management projects in a statewide competition this month.
Over at Regina, coach Scott Manteuffel’s squad is “youthful, but very competitive,” he said. Senior Madchen Breen, carrying a 209 average in the regular season, finished second among qualifiers for the Division 2 state individual finals, where she was eliminated in the first round. She is verbally committed to attend St. Francis University in Loretta, Pa.
Breen and Nina Szalkiewicz are the only seniors in a squad that features seven juniors – RaKya Collins, Mykeia Duncan, Jordan Ford, Grace Kanka, Kendall Kroha, Diamond Powell, Jessica Ruffin — and sophomore Sophia Alba.
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