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Kayla Field, left, Mike Johnson (MVP) and Matt Vachereau; back row, Jake Boillat, left, Tyler Cote, Connor Garrity and coach Steve Cote.

Drury High Captures First State Bowling Championship

By Steve CoteCommunity Submission
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Blue Devils bowling team captured the 2012 Massachusetts State High School Bowling Title last weekend.

The team traveled on March 3-4 to Gardner Ten Pins in Gardner, where they outpaced 15 other high schools to take the state title for the first time.

Berkshire County showed how strong the local high school bowling program is by filling all four top spots after the preliminary rounds of match play and Baker matches. Pittsfield High (3037 pins), Lee High (2953 pins), Drury (2939) and Taconic High (2935 pins) advanced out of the preliminary rounds to a stepladder format.

Finalist Teams
Rank Team Totals
1 Pittsfield 3037
2 Lee 2953
3 Drury 2939
4 Taconic 2935
In the two-game quarter finals, the Blue Devil bowlers came back from a 9-pin deficit to beat Taconic 416-405. Next the Blue Devils took on a young, talented Lee team and beat them 361-321. This set up a rematch of the 2011 State Finals against Pittsfield High School.

This year's Drury team rebounded from a 35-pin deficit after Game 1 to beat the two-time defending State Champion Pittsfield High School 393-385. Blue Devil senior Michael Johnson was awarded the tournament MVP. At one stretch in the competition, Johnson threw 19 consecutive strikes across the five Baker games.

During the second half of the weekend, all boys with regular season averages over 170 and all girls with a 140 or higher average competed for the Massachusetts State Individual Championship. Once again, Berkshire County showed its strength by placing seven out of eight boys and four out of six girls in the semi-finals. Seeded No. 1 for the boys was Johnson and seeded No. 1 for the girls was the Blue Devils freshman Kayla Field.

In the boys' stepladder finals, Gardner's Adam Cormier defeated Taconic's Peter Dubin 237-180. Cormier then defeated Lee High School's Tyler Warner 202-162. In the championship round, Johnson continued his clutch bowling and defeated Cormier 235-202, making it a clean sweep for the senior.

In the girls' stepladder finals, Monument Mountain High's Abby Rossi defeated St. Peter Marian's Stephanie Jurgiel. After a tying score of 169, Rossi won a two-frame roll-off 49-28. Rossi then rallied in the ninth and 10th frames to beat Field 192-182.

Rank Name
High School Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Total
1 Tyler Warner Lee 258 257 226 741
2 Mike Johnson Drury 167 266 289 722
3 Joey Dewey Taconic 214 228 244 686
4 Conner Garrity Drury 199 268 214 681
5 Nathan Langor McCann 233 214 233 680
6 Adam Cormier Gardner 233 227 215 675
7 Matt Shaw Monument 216 255 203 674
8 Zachary Moore Monty Tech 219 248 204 671
9 Peter Dubin Taconic 213 206 246 665

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