By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Following a high school district bowling tournament in Grand Island, four students at Chase County Schools are headed to Lincoln this weekend for the state high school bowling tournament.
The four qualifiers—Kacia Smith, Taylor Wilson, Eric Lakey and Sean Mandeville—earned a trip to state by placing in the top 10 in individual scoring at districts Jan. 30.
Smith and Wilson are making repeat trips to the state tournament, and finished second and ninth, respectively, at the district tournament the end of January. In their three game series, Smith bowled a 502, while Wilson tallied a 409.
On the boys’ side at districts, Lakey was eighth, and Mandeville, ninth. Lakey finished with a three game series total of 449, while Mandeville had a 447 series.
The local students will be bowling on Saturday in Lincoln, competing for one of the top 10 individual state medals in Class C at the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation Tournament.
For a second consecutive year, Chase County had both a boys’ and girls’ team in high school bowling competition.
While neither team made the cut for state qualification this season, coach Denise Smith said it was great to see four individuals qualify.
Again, during the regular season this year, Chase County bowlers had to compete against all Class B schools, due to Imperial’s location in the state.
Class B schools they bowled against during the regular season were Scottsbluff/Gering, Alliance, Sidney, Chadron and Ogallala.
Overall in the regular season, the girls finished 6-4 for third overall, while the boys were 1-9 in season competition.
Those besides Chase County in the Class C districts were Centura, Grand Island Central Catholic and Wisner-Pilger.
Kelen Fortkamp also coached the Chase County teams this year with Denise Smith. The opening bowling meet was held the first weekend in December.
Smith noted the high school bowling finals from all classes will be aired on NET this Sunday, Feb. 14.