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Pawlak claims back-to-back Match Game Singles titles | USA Today High School Sports

For the second consecutive year, Matt Pawlak won the Match Game Singles tournament, joining Matt Langolf and Ed Karwinski as the only bowlers in the past 45 years to win back-to-back titles in that event.  Pawlak survived a tough final match with John Essenmacher Jr, who had the only award score of the tournament held at Bowl O Drome.  Essenmacher was the top seed in the finals after averaging 243 in the five-game qualifying set, including a 300 game.

Also making the quarterfinals were Leo Anthony and Dave Klaas.  The other bowlers to advance to match play in order of highest qualifying totals were Jaclyn Meldrum, Dylan Jacobs, Scott Badley, and Gary Marinez.

In the second division of bowlers with tournament averages of less than 210, Ed Jacobs convincingly rolled through the field, although he did get a last minute scare from Rod Reeves in the final match.  Reeves forced Jacobs to get the first two strikes in the tenth to take the title.  Jacobs was also high qualifier for the division, averaging 231 across five games.

Dave Cox and Jim Goodwin were the other quarter-finalists.  Also making the field of eight finalists, in order of qualifying scores were Ryan Kelly, Frank Mitchell, Rich Mansfield, and Mike DeVries.

Jaclyn Meldrum was the outstanding performer from league play this week with a 761 series in the River Rats league at St. Clair River Lanes.  She also led the women with a 278 game in that session.  In a busy week for Meldrum, she added series of 649 at St. Clair and 611 at Strikers.  Joddy Swoffer also topped the 700 mark with a 706 in the Wednesday Night Ladies league at Port Huron Lanes.  Her 262 game was second best on the week.

Only a trio of men from Port Huron Lanes were able to top Meldrum, but those three stood out from the rest of the crowd.  Dylan Jacobs led the way with a 779 in the Friday Nite Misfits and added a 733 in the 3-B4-1.  Gary Marinez rolled 775 in 3-B4-1 and Jim Creasor had 772 in Friday Nite Misfits.

Top game for the men was shared by Marinez and Tim Donnenworth who each came up just one pin shy of perfection.  Donnenworth’s 299 was thrown in the PHL Early 4 Man league.

Alicia Schroeder topped the rest of the women with a 664 series in the Friday Nite Misfits, and also tossed 630 this week.  She was followed by Rosann Brachel at 662, Annette Paradis 658, Doreen Melvin 644, Kristie Lashbrook 632, Jamie Yeager 613, Sue Pope 611, Tammy Landrum 606, and Karen Mazei 602.

Other top games for the women were Meldrum 247 & 213, Schroeder 246 & 226, Pope 245, Paradis 244, Kelley Conard 243 & 235, Lashbrook 236, Ginny Irwin 234, Yeager 234, Landrum 232, Brachel 226, Peg Vanantwerp 224, Brenda Bruehan 223, Melissa Simons 223, Michelle Ureel 222, Michelle Carlson 222, Becky Van Hoesen 219, Melvin 219, Terry Crampton 218, Sherri Beidler 214, Janet Hope 212, Geri Rhody 210, Jodi Norman 218, Amanda Long 214, and Mazei 212.

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