Wolves boys show bite against Lynx

Bowling season wraps up with a grudge match



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Eagle River’s Danton Evilsizer rolls his ball down the lane during a match against Dimond on Jan. 26 at Eagle River Bowl. Evilsizer fired a team-high 235 in individual play to help Eagle River to a 15-15 split with the first-place Lynx.

STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH

Dimond’s boys bowling team didn’t appear to like the home cooking served up by Eagle River’s squad on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Eagle River Bowl.

Lynx players could be seen shaking their heads and muttering in disgust as the Wolves fought their way to an impressive 15-15 Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League split with the league’s No. 1 team in the regular season finale.

“They’ve always been top notch, so it’s definitely a big deal,” said Eagle River’s Danton Evilsizer, who fired a 235 during individual play to help the Wolves take a 7-3 edge in head-to-head play.

Eagle River also got a big performance from Hunter Littlefield, who became the first ASBL bowler to knock of Dimond sharpshooter Jacques Kaune in individual play.

Dimond rallied to win 12 of the 20 contested Baker points to salvage the split. The Lynx also clinched the season title. Heading into today’s final “position round” matches of the season at Center Bowl, Dimond leads second-place Eagle River by 32 points — an insurmountable lead.

Still, Evilsizer said that if the Wolves manage come out on top in the final match, they’ll have a pretty good case to make as the league’s best team.

“If we take ‘em it’s a win for us,” he said.

Eagle River coach Lynn Kocher said she was thrilled to see her team go toe-to-toe with the Lynx, who were unbeaten and untied entering the match.

“I would have been happy with five or 10 [points] so I’m delirious about 15,” she said.

Evilsizer said the split was even more meaningful because it came on the Wolves’ hometown lanes.

“I liked it because we defended Eagle River itself,” he said.

The position round matches will feature No. 1 Dimond against No. 2 Eagle River on both the boys and girls sides. The top-ranked Dimond girls also faced Eagle River in the regular season finale and earned a 25-5 victory to clinch first place overall and increase their lead over Eagle River to 40.5 points. Eagle River’s Mykela Carroll shot a 173 to lead the Wolves’ girls in individual play against Dimond.

Chugiak’s girls fell 25-5 to East at Eagle River Bowl, while the Mustang boys dropped a 26-4 decision to the T-Birds. Mariah Schiffer’s 182 led the Chugiak girls in individual play, while Steven Wehr’s 180 led the Chugiak boys.

In bowling, the season standings determine the champions, so neither of Eagle River’s teams can overtake the Lynx. But a good showing will be necessary to hold onto the No. 2 spot, Evilsizer said.

“That’s definitely a big deal,” he said.

Both Wolves teams will need to perform well to stay clear of the teams chasing them in the standings. Entering the final matches, the Eagle River boys led Bartlett by six points for second place, while the Wolves’ girls led Bartlett by 9.5.

Also today, the No. 7 Chugiak girls will face No. 8 Service, while the No. 8 Chugiak boys will try to escape the cellar against No. 7 West. All matches begin at 3:30 p.m.

 

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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