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Jason Schmitt is the editor of MIPrepZone.com, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oakland County crowns boys, girls champions

The boys and girls Oakland County bowling tournaments took place this past weekend and were a huge success.
The Lake Orion girls edged rival Clarkston in the championship match Saturday at Fairlanes Bowl in Madison Heights. A day later, Waterford Mott rallied to knock off Oxford in a thrilling finish to the boys tournament at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy. In both matches, the winning team's anchor bowler rolled three strikes in the 10th frame to pull out the victory. That's like someone hitting a walk-off home run to end the All-Star Game. Or someone scoring a touchdown in overtime to send their team to the playoffs.
Bowling can be an exciting sport. And the action over the weekend proved it. Anyone who thinks bowling isn't an intense team sport, try to take in a regional tournament in a few weeks, or better yet, go to the state finals next month. It'll be worth your time.
The Oakland Press was out in full force for this weekend's tournaments. Keith Dunlap was there to live tweet, provide coverage for the newspaper and MIPrepZone and also shoot video for our website. Larry McKee got some great action photos to go with our coverage. And myself, along with our interns Patrick McIntyre and Denis Karic, were there working on a segment for this upcoming week's MIPrepZone Weekly.
So stay tuned. Our coverage is not done. Click HERE for more bowling coverage on MIPrepZone.

And a special thank you goes out to tournament directors Rob Arney of Berkley (boys) and Matt Milazzo of Royal Oak (girls), who were more than gracious hosts to us at the paper. It's guys like these that help us promote the sport, and more importantly, the kids.

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