Versailles bowlers do well at unofficial MAC tournament; Heitkamp wins girls individual title

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The Versailles boys bowling team defeated Parkway before advancing to the semifinals of the unofficial MAC tournament.

Versailles defeated Parkway 2,710-2,464.

Landon Henry had a 241 in the opening game, while Derek Morris had a 204 in the second game.

In the baker games, Versailles rolled 201, 190, 170, 193 and 191.

“This was a good team win,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said. “Everyone that bowled threw the ball good and picked up their spares. Parkway didn’t make it easy for us. I am proud of the boys on how hard they worked on their game all year. To end the season conference runner up shows their hard work paid off.”

At the unofficial MAC tournament Saturday, Versailles earned the fifth seed for match play.

Morris led Versailles with a 215 in the opening game.

In the second game, Matthew Francis had a 215, Jay Mumaw rolled a 211 and Landon Henry had a 205.

Francis added a 186 in the third game.

“Matthew Francis had a big day for us,” Phlipot said. “He was very consistent on his first shots and picked up a lot of spares.”

Versailles then rolled 180, 152 and 143 in baker games for a total of 2,637 and the fifth seed.

The best of five match with New Bremen went to the wire.

Versailles lost the opening game 190-183, won the second game 205-144 and lost the thrid game 167-147 to put its backs to the wall.

Versailles won the fourth game 190-177 and the fifth game 194-151 to advance.

“I am proud of the boys and how they handled the pressure in the first round of match play against New Bremen,” Phlipot said.

In the semifinals Versailles faced St. Henry and lost in three games. Versailles scores were 178, 179 and 124.

“We bowled good against St. Henry,” Phlipot said. “We just ran into a buzzsaw. There is nothing you can do when a team shoots 226-223-200.”

Francis finished ninth overall and Henry finished 12th.

“I think this was a good test for the boys mentally heading into sectionals and they handled it very well,” Phlipot said.

Versailles will bowl in D-II sectional tournament Thursday.

Heitkamp leads Tigers

MINSTER —- Morgan Heitkamp was the winner of the girls unofficial MAC bowling tournament at Minster Saturday, leading the Lady Tigers to a second-place finish.

Heitkamp rolled games of 195-190-211 for a 596 series.

Morgan Barlage finished third with games of 172-188-178 for a 538.

Kalysta Thobe had games of 178-178-170 for a 536 series and Lindsey Cheadle had a 174 game.

““It was nice to see Morgan Heitkamp bowl well, she has been struggling with her timing and release,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said. “Morgan Barlage was steady all day and Kalsyta Thobe was very consistent.”

Versailles had baker games of 166 and 215 for a 2,566 total to earn the second seed.

Versailles earned the second seed and faced Parkway in the quarterfinals.

The Tigers advanced in two games, winning 169-85 and 186-102.

Versailles faced Minster in the semifinals and again advanced in two games, winning 179-161 and 156-134.

The Tigers faced Coldwater in the championship match and lost in two games 117-107 and 187-160.

“We had our chance in game one but for some reason we just could not pick up a spare,” Phlipot said. “We only had two marks in the game. I am proud of the whole team and how they bowled. It was a mentally challenging day, also physically exhausting. Madelynn Stewart came into the bakers and did a really nice job today.”

Versailles will bowl in the D-II sectional Wednesday at Huber Heights.