The Muskegon Community College men’s and women’s bowling teams captured championships Saturday at the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Tournament at Northway Lanes.

The women’s team won the three-college competition by taking a big early lead over the rest of the field, due largely to strong singles and doubles performances by Nicole DePender and Candace Sutter.

The women’s five-bowler team also posted a season-high game score of 876.

Depender was the overall women’s champion, and shot a high game of 253, which was tops for men and women at the tournament. Depender and Sutter won the doubles title and both were named to the all-tournament team.

The women’s team scores were MCC 5,773, Schoolcraft 5,599 and Kirtland 3,949.

The men’s team overcame a 275-pin deficit with only 10 games left to capture the title in the four-team field.

In the fourth and final “Baker” game, MCC anchor Noah Carter converted a 10-pin spare in the 10th frame, then tossed a strike with┬áthe final ball to seal the title for the Jayhawks.

The men’s team scores were MCC 6,883, Schoolcraft 6,875, Wayne County 5,083 and Kirtland 4,955.

Both Carter and Mitch Wybenga made the men’s all-tournament team.

Both Jayhawk teams will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. this weekend.