|Boys’ team qualifies for state bowling tourney|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
The boys’ high school bowling team from Chase County is headed to Class C state competition next weekend after finishing in the runner-up spot at districts in Norfolk.
Chase County placed second in team standings Saturday behind North Bend. Just the top two teams out of districts qualify for state.
Coach Denise Smith, who accompanied the team to Norfolk, said it’s the first time the full boys’ team earned a trip to state.
Bowling for Chase County Saturday were Indy Smith, Will Lewis, Sam Cahow, Cody Cochran and Carson Fanning.
Team members Cade Francis and Allan Smith were also on the roster, as they will be for state.
District competition included three regular games, followed by five Baker’s format games. Total pins from all eight were tallied for total pins, from which the top two team emerged.
Smith said Chase County and Ogallala battled for the No. 2 spot, but eventually finished 87 pins ahead after the final tally.
North Bend ran away with the district title. Also competing at the Norfolk district site was GI Central Catholic.
Class C state competition will be Feb. 8-9 at Hollywood Bowl in Lincoln. Eight teams will compete in Class C, and will open with three regular games on Feb. 8.
After pins are totalled, the teams will be seeded (no. 1 vs. no. 8, etc.) and will bowl five Baker’s format games. The four teams winning three out of five will advance, and bowl the Baker’s format again until two finalists are determined.
The Class C finals between those two teams will take place Sunday, Feb. 9. The finals will air later in February on NET.
Awards will go to the state champion and runner-up, as well as top 10 individual bowlers. Cochran earned the individual 10th place medal last year after qualifying individually for state.
Other Class C boys’ teams at state next weekend include Wisner-Pilger, Hastings Adams Central, Boone Central, Wayne, Norfolk Catholic and Sidney.
Girls miss qualification
After qualifying a team the past two years, the Chase County girls did not advance out of districts Saturday in St. Paul.
Bowling for Chase County were Lexi Howard, Faith Reinke, Makayla DaMoude and Tapainga Kahle.
Among Chase County’s team, Kahle was closest to making state qualification, missing third place by 70 pines. Only the top three individuals on total pin scores qualified for state.
North Bend also took the district championship in the girls’ division, while Wayne took second. Chase County placed third.