Junior state champ, high school girls bowling team honored

TAYLOR — City officials recently paid tribute to the success of the girls varsity bowling team at John F. Kennedy High School, which included a state championship by junior Kenna Williams.

The city’s elected officials issued proclamations congratulating Williams on her Division 1 individual state title and to the team for winning league and regional titles and finishing third in the state tournament. The Eagles were presented the proclamations during a recent City Council meeting in April.

Kennedy’s team, coached by Mike Sarandrea and assistant Dan Dutcher, included Williams, Kristen Marcis, Ashley Gluba, Anessa Keating, Chelsea Moline, Katelyn Ball, Amanda Hudak and Samantha Cwik.

The Eagles lost only one time as a team all season long, won the Mega Red Conference championship and captured the first-ever Michigan High School Athletic Association bowling regional championship in school history.

In the March 7 state finals in Muskegon, the girls advanced to the final four, where they fell short by just 12 pins to state runner-up Anchor Bay High School.

Williams, who carried a yearbook average of 160 the year before, improved to a 202 average during the high school season. In a state finals qualifying round, she bowled her personal best, 299, and in the round of 16, she added a 284.

In the state finals, she defeated Amanda Wiska of Walled Lake Lakeland, 204-157, to win the state championship.