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By Riley Cole, West Delaware junior
MANCHESTER – Between the girls’ team winning 29 consecutive regular season meets and the boys’ team qualifying for state, the West Delaware bowling teams bowled an exceptional season.
Shooting the highest score at regionals with a 3176, the boys qualified for the state bowling tournament in Des Moines.
Zach Weber, sophomore, bowled a 476 series at the qualifier, crowning him regional champion and qualifying him for the state individual tournament. In the individual competition, the boys shot 2123 with Weber bowling a 453 series, leading the team. That scored placed him ninth in the tournament.
During the baker competition, the Hawks didn’t throw their best games in the beginning, bowling a 197 and 182. The Hawks came back the last three games with a 215, 211 and 202. Rolling a 3130 at the state tournament, the Hawks brought home a third-place trophy, finishing behind Cedar Rapids Xavier and Dubuque Wahlert.
“It was a great year with a lot of goals met,” Coach John Chapman said. “The team worked hard and it paid off.”
The boys’ team finished the season with a 12–1 record, with their only loss against Western Dubuque.
“It was a good season,” senior Ryan Bagby said. “We’ve had some tough matches but our team pulled together well this year.”
Taking second place at the qualifier, the girls’ team shot a 2486 and still had the chance to qualify for one of the two at large selections for the state tournament. Finishing 11th, the girls narrowly missed a top 10 finish, which would have qualified them for state.
“I would look for this team to come into next season with a renewed sense of what it will take to return to the state tournament,” Coach Ken Bosenburg said.
The girls’ 29 consecutive win streak ended when DeWitt Central beat the Hawks during a regular season meet in January at Lightning Lanes.
“After going 12–0 last year and almost winning number 30 this year, it was a tough first loss for me,” sophomore Kaitlyn Salow said. “It doesn’t really matter that we lost because we all had each other to fall back on for support and I’m truly grateful for these girls that I get to call my teammates.”