Le Mars girls repeat as state bowling runner-ups
WATERLOO ó The Le Mars Community bowling teams competed at the Class 2A state bowling tournament held at Cadillac Lanes on Tuesday. The girls team finished as runner-up for the second straight year.
After beating Fort Dodge at the state qualifying meet by a 3,084-2,690 score at Sweet 16 Lanes last week, the Dodgers earned the win at a neutral site by a slim 37 point margin. Fort Dodge scored a 2,852 compared to a 2,815 for the Bulldogs. Waterloo East finished close behind with a 2,807 for third place.
Lexi Schroeder led Le Mars with a 395 series in her final high school meet. Her score was good enough to take seventh overall. She started the day with a 179 game and followed with a 216 to earn medalist honors for being in the top 10.
Leah Sanck of Fort Dodge posted a state tournament record score of 534 to take overall individual medalist honors. She posted games of 268 and 266 as her score was nearly 180 better than her state qualifying round score at Sweet 16 Lanes.
Kaitelin Konz had the next Le Mars score with a 378 which was a point shy of reaching the top 10 for individual medalist honors. Konz began her day with a 216 game and finished with a 162 score.
Samantha Schiefen was two spots back of Konz with a 367. She started with a 174 before boosting her second game up to a 193.
Emma Jacobs followed up her 135 starting game with a 213 second set of frames to finish with a 348. The final counting score from the team came from Sydney Schoenfelder as she finished with a 320 after bowling games of 141 and 179. Alison Zimmerman added a non-counting score of 283 with games of 158 and 125.
Le Mars sat in fourth place after the first round with Fort Dodge, Waterloo East and Clinton each with slim margins over the Bulldogs. Le Mars outscored all of their opponents in the Baker games with a 1,007 total which was able to surpass everyone except the Dodgers who clung to the win with a 988 Baker round total. Le Mars posted a top Baker score of 235 in their second game and bowled their low of 173 in the fourth.
The Le Mars boys team finished eighth out of the eight teams in Class 2A, the same placing the team had last season.
The team posted an individual set of games total of 1,811 which was over 100 back of the next closest team at the end of the round. It was also well below the teamís score from state qualifying where the team posted a 2,188 on their home lanes.
The Bulldogs did make up some ground in the Baker games with their lowest being a 187. No other team had a better lowest Baker game than the Bulldogs. Three of the teamís games were above 200 with a 210 their best in the final set of frames. The team managed to pull to within 26 points of sixth place but were unable to catch anyone with a final score of 2,810.
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson won a competitive top four with scores within 30 points of each other as they posted a 3,175.
Dale Weaver of Cedar Rapids Xavier was the top individual finisher for the boys with a 512 series. He rolled a 296 in his second game to secure the title.
Trey Whiddon had the best finish for Le Mars with a 384. He rolled games of 189 and 195 on the day. Lane Poulson was just three points behind in the series column with games of 171 and 210.
Bryce Timp finished with a 372 series as he had games of 192 and 180. Brady Poulson scored a 343 with games of 162 and 181. Evan Berkenpas tallied the final counting score of 331 with games of 160 and 171. Jorden Presnall had the non-counting score of 314 with games of 147 and 167.
Timp is the lone senior of the boys group of competitors at state. Schroeder and Zimmerman will graduate from the girls team.
Team scores: (Girls) Fort Dodge 2852, Le Mars 2815, Waterloo East 2807, Clinton 2691, Keokuk 2534, Maquoketa 2502, Cedar Rapids Xavier 2368, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 2362.
(Boys) Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 3175, North Scott 3157, West Delaware 3150, Ottumwa 3146, Clinton 3081, Keokuk 2836, Cedar Rapids Xavier 2834, Le Mars 2810