Bowling team makes cut for state after district runner-up showing

    Four of Chase County’s high school bowlers competing at districts Saturday placed in the top 10, helping the team to a runner-up finish.
    That runner-up finish qualified the bowlers for the state tournament Feb. 11 in Lincoln at Sun Valley Lanes.
    Coach Denise Smith could carry just seven bowlers on the district roster, and those seven are the only ones who can compete at state next weekend.
    Junior Joel DaMoude placed highest for Chase County individually in fourth place with a 464 series.
    Junior Sydney Vetter, senior Cade Francis and freshman Nike Smith placed eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, with 445, 443 and 390 series.
    Also bowling at districts in the Baker’s games were Emma Ferguson and Lauren Prior.
    Burwell/Ord won the district title with a pin series of 2,826, compared to runner-up Chase County’s 2,485. St. Paul was third at 2,218, with Holdrege, fourth, recording a 2,012 series.
    Smith said the state competition is a little different than the regular season and district tournament.
    Eight teams will compete in Class C and bowl three regular games initially. Scores from those three games will be tallied and teams will be seeded (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, etc.) for the Baker’s games.
    The top four teams rolling the best three out of five Baker’s games advance to be matched up again for another Baker’s game series. The top two teams will then advance to the Feb. 12 Class C finals, which will be aired later on NET.

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