Allegan bowlers shine at individual tournament

Jason Wesseldyk

The Allegan bowling teams traveled to Niles for a double-elimination singles tournament on Saturday, Feb. 2.
It was definitely a worthwhile trip for the Tigers, especially on the boys’ side.
Fletcher Beilfuss defeated teammate Layton Brown in the finals of the A Division and Trenton Nagelkirk bested teammate Shane Wesche in the finals of the B Division to give Allegan both titles.
For the girls, Allegan’s Cambria Rader was runner-up in the B Division.
“All of the kids did great today,” Allegan coach Don Lamb said. “These kids could not have made me prouder with their great sportsmanship and determination to get better everyday.
“Our boys took home a lot of hardware for the two divisions.”
In the boys’ A Division, Brown and teammate Anthony Barnes were the final two unbeaten bowlers when they squared off. Brown prevailed, turning in his best effort of the day to post the 219-181 win.
That secured Brown a place in the finals, while Barnes had to await the winner of the match between Builfuss and a Brandywine bowler to see who would advance to the semifinals out of the one-loss bracket.
It turned out to be Beilfuss, who posted the 204-195 victory.
That set up a rematch, as Barnes had beaten Beilfuss earlier in the day. Beilfuss avenged that loss in a big way, winning 193-154 to move on to face Brown in the finals.
Since Brown had yet to lose, Beilfuss needed to beat him twice. And that’s exactly what Beilfuss did, taking the first game 210-169 before emerging with a 205-169 victory in the winner-take-all second game.
“All the boys played well,” Lamb said. “It was awesome to see us finish one, two and three in the tournament.”
Also of note, Jacob Wesche turned in a season-best effort of 225 during the tournament.
The boys’ B Division also featured three Tigers near the top of the final standings.
Nagelkirk and Shane Wesche met in the final match of the winner’s bracket, which Nagelkirk won to earn a berth in the finals. Shane Wesche had to wait for the winner of the final match of the one-loss bracket, which came down to Allegan teammate James Page and a South Haven bowler.
Page fell 188-179 to finish fourth, and Shane Wesche went on to beat the South Haven bowler 176-148 to set up another all-Allegan final against Nagelkirk.
Like Beilfuss in the A Division final, Shane Wesche needed to beat Nagelkirk twice in order to secure the title. Shane Wesche did win the first game 209-149 in his best match of the day, but Nagelkirk took the second game 157-135.
“It was close until the last few frames,” Lamb said. “It was an exciting match as both boys wanted to win, but also good teammates wanted the best for each other.”
On the girls’ side, Rader lost her first match in the B Division before reeling off six straight victories to come out of the one-loss bracket and earn a place in the finals. She had a high game of 156.
“Cambria showed great heart throughout the entire day,” Lamb said.
In the A Division, Theresa Tice had a 151 game and Haylee Thompson had a 149 game.


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