Holly Champion Now Bowling Master
April 16, 2018
By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Michigan’s high school bowling community cheered Holly graduate Andrew Anderson as an MHSAA champion in 2013.
Now, it can celebrate him as a “master.”
Anderson bested a 360-bowler field to win his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour championship Sunday, finishing first at the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Syracuse, N.Y. The Masters is considered a major tournament on the PBA Tour schedule.
After completing qualifying, Anderson was one of 64 competitors to make the match play. He downed Alex Hoskins of Brigham, Utah, 213-199 in the championship match. Click to read more from USBC.
Anderson returned to Holly’s bowling team for the final six weeks of his senior season after previously making the match play at the MHSAA Finals as a freshman and advancing the quarterfinals as a sophomore. He won his Division 2 championship match as a senior by 112 pins. (Click for coverage of that 2013 tournament from Second Half.)
Anderson attends Davenport University and is in his first year as a member of Team USA. He also bowled three years as part of Junior Team USA.
PHOTO: Holly’s Andrew Anderson, holding his USBC Masters trophy. (Photo courtesy of USBC.)
Gobles' Brunner Closes with 3rd Title, Nouvel's McCarthy Locks Up No. 1
By Tim Robinson
Special for MHSAA.com
March 4, 2023
BATTLE CREEK — A few minutes after making history, Gobles senior Morgan Brunner was calm.
No loud celebration, just smiles all around Saturday after becoming the first competitor in the 20-year history of MHSAA girls bowling to win three Singles Finals titles in a row.
“She’s very even-keeled,” said her mother and coach, Karrie Brunner. “She knows she’s got a job to do, and she comes to do it. But she comes to have fun. That was a big part of today. She relaxed and had fun.”
Morgan Brunner rolled to the title, taking first in qualifying and defeating Traverse City Christian’s Brooke Smith 415-303 in the Division 4 final.
But that’s not to say she was expecting an easy time of it.
“I clinched it early, but I was definitely nervous,” she said. “I was nervous all day.”
Brunner dealt with the nerves by concentrating on the task at hand.
“I just tried to stay calm and make my best shots,” she said.
Brunner helped organize the Gobles program, and Saturday’s third-straight title was the latest achievement in a journey that began when she was 2 years old.
“As soon as she could walk,” Karrie Brunner said. "She was pushing the ball down there. I don’t know how many strikes she threw, but she was knocking pins down.”
Morgan hasn’t stopped since.
In the moments after the feat was accomplished, she said it felt like a weight off her shoulders.
“I don’t think it’s going to set in for a while,” she said of her accomplishment. “But it's nice to win.”
Saginaw Nouvel sophomore Alex McCarthy, meanwhile, jumped for joy as he threw the final ball of his boys match.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said afterward. “It’s hard to put it into words right now.”
McCarthy defeated Bryce Cadaret of Allen Park Cabrini, another sophomore, 433-393 in the final.
McCarthy finished 10th in qualifying, then won two matches before meeting Cadaret in the championship.
Cadaret came out hot, starting the match by rolling three strikes in a row.
“It got me back in the match mentally,” McCarthy said.
After a conversation with coach Brian Montini, McCarthy found his groove and never looked back, right through the final ball, which knocked down six pins as he celebrated.
“I had all these thoughts of my coach and all the other coaches and all the hard work I put in through the years,” he said.
Montini, for his part. wasn’t entirely surprised.
“The experience last year helped him,” Montini said, noting McCarthy’s quarterfinal run as a freshman. “We had it in our minds that he was going to do this. And he pulled through.”