- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

CALEDONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Caledonia High School student has come back from a hand injury to lead her bowling team to the upcoming state finals.

WOOD-TV (https://bit.ly/2mxbQCm ) reports that senior bowler Brittney Schnicke helped her team win conference and regional titles this season.

In March 2015, Schnicke severed her bowling hand’s ring and middle fingers during wood shop class.

“I was on a jointer and there’s these pads you slide across with the wood and I was going across and I guess the wood got stuck on the guard for the saw and my fingers slipped and went like right into the saw,” Schnicke said.

The fingertips she lost were the ones she used to control the roll and spin on the ball.

“The first thing that came out of my mouth was, ‘I’m not going to be able to bowl,’” Schnicke said. “And it just really terrified me.”

The accident occurred a week after Schnicke led her team to the state finals as a sophomore. She had also finished eighth overall individually in the state in Division 1.

Schnicke had two surgeries, began practicing almost every day and had a ball drilled with a special grip. She returned to the team her junior year.

“She was just like, ‘I’m going to get back out there and do what I need to do to get where I was at, and if not better,’ said Michelle Schnicke, Schnicke’s mother. “And she did say, ‘I’m going to be better,’ and she was.”

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Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com

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