LEWISTON – Messalonskee High School won the south region of the Maine High School Bowling Championship Thursday at Sparetime Recreation in Lewiston. The Eagles entered as the No. 1 seed.

In the semifinals, Messalonskee defeated Lawrence, 1,691 to 1,394, in a two-game series.

Mike Avery led Messalonskee with games of 221 and 192. Nick Blood scored a 200 game for Lawrence. In the other semi, Cony defeated Lewiston, 1,880 to 1,547. High games for Cony were Ryan Cooper with a 237 and Stephen Babb with a 225. Lewiston’s Cam Marcotte had games of 205 and 223.

In the final, Messalonskee beat Cony, 973-894. Will Nutting topped the champs with a 250, while Avery added a 208. Ross Cote, Norm Duchaine and Brian Candage rounded out the Messalonskee team/

All four teams are scheduled to compete for the state championship at Sparetime Recreation in Waterville on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Skowhegan, Nokomis and Central teams and Bangor home schoolers also are slated to compete.

Messalonskee’s Candage recently won the Maine High School Individual Championship held at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor.

Candage went into the final round in fourth place and moved up with wins over the third and second seeds. Candage then defeated Skowhegan’s TJ York to take the title.

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