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Saxon bowlers wrap up I-8 season, prep for regionals

Hastings junior Ashland Hoyt celebrates with her all-conference medal after a ninth-place finish at the Interstate-8 Conference Finals at M-66 Bowl Saturday. (Photo provided)

The Hastings High varsity bowling teams finished off their first full season in the Interstate-8 Athletic Conference at the conference singles tournament Saturday at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek.

Saxon junior Ashland Hoyt, a state qualifier a year ago, captured all-conference honors with her ninth-place total pinfall Saturday. Hoyt’s day was highlighted by scores of 174, 162 and 160 from among her six games.

Hoyt had a few teammates just miss conference accolades, with Andrea Rhodes placing 16th and Daisy Kerby 18th. Rhodes had a high game of 171 and Kerby tallied scores of 183 and 163.

The Saxons’ Abby Zull bowled a 189 game and finished in 23rd place. Connie Ricketts bowled consistently a 121 average for 28th place. Izzy Bergeron placed 29th with a 144 game.

The Hastings varsity boys bowled well too, with Austin Fenstemaker leading the way in 18th place. He had high games of 202, 194, 170 and 168.

Gage Richmond bowled 163 and 198 games during the day to place 25th. Kyler Madden had a 214 and 162, placing 26th. Paxton Walden bowled a 173 game, finishing in 29th place. John Hinkle had a 186 game for 35th place. Cameron Eaton had a 174 game finishing in 37th place.

The Saxons head to Continental Lanes in Kalamazoo for their Division 2 regional competitions this weekend.

It has been a busy conclusion to the regular season for the Saxons who took on Parma Western Monday at Jax 60 and then hosted Ionia for Senior Night at Hastings Bowl Tuesday.

The Saxon program celebrated seniors Abby Zull, Bailey Musculus, Connie Ricketts, Emma Vann, John Hinkle, Paxton Walden and Tyler Sue Tuesday.

Muscuslus was just a couple pins shy of earning team points in her regular games, tried hard for her points missing by a couple pins, and Zull missed one by a single pin. Vann scored a half a point with her 144 game. Ricketts got her point for the Hastings girls with a 154 game.

Hoyt bowled a 172 for a point. Andrea Rhodes and Kerby split a game, winning a point with their 140 game.

The Saxon boys scored a 27-3 win over the Bulldogs.

Fenstemaker bowled a 171 game for a point. Walden got two points with his games of 163 and 162. Madden bowled a 138 for his point. Hinkle got a point with his 197 game. Richmond won one with his 206 game. Steven VanOoy bowled a 244 for his point for the Saxons.

The Hastings boys swept the Baker games with scores of 227 and 167.

In a makeup dual Monday, the Hastings girls scored a 24.5-5.5 win over Parma Western in Jackson while the Panther boys bested the Saxons 28-2.

Ricketts got two points for the Hastings girls with her 130 and 139 games. Rhodes bowled a 217 and a 219 for two points. Zull bowled a 159 to earn the Saxons' half point.

Kerby and Hoyt won two points each for the Saxons. Kerby had games of 186 and 157 while Hoyt scored a 160 and a 213.

In the boys’ dual, VanOoy bowled a 163 and 152 for two Saxon points. Richmond bowled a 210, but came up short to his opponents' 233 and 255.


In I-8 duals with Coldwater last Thursday, both Saxon teams were bested 18-12.

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