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A banner season for the Central girls bowling team will wrap up tomorrow afternoon at the 1A state bowling meet in Des Moines. The Sabers — (from left) Frances Coons, Shelby Carrier, Erica Miller-Lee, Bailey Walker, coach Seth Ketelsen, Kaylee Dammeier and Veronica Weigandt — earned a spot in the meet by cruising to a team title at last Thursday’s state qualifying meet in Manchester. Central finished the meet with a score of 2,736 — more than 200 pins better than the meet’s runner-up and the second-best score in any 1A qualifying meet across the state. Joining the Saber girls will be senior Allen Mumm, who made his own history by becoming the first Central bowler to take part in back-to-back state meets. Contributed photo
Central girls bowling team earns first trip to state

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The Central bowling team continued its rapid ascendance to being one of the state's best with another huge milestone at Thursday's state qualifying meet hosted by West Delaware.

The Sabers girls team produced an individual state qualifier (Nichole Haack) in its first year of existence and the boys team followed suit last year when then-junior Allen Mumm bowled at the state meet.

Now in year four, Central has taken the next step and once again it is ladies first as the Saber girls made history Thursday by winning the team title at the meet to become the first Central team to bowl at the state meet.

Behind sophomore Shelby Carrier, who won the meet's individual title, the Sabers rolled to a team title with 2,736 pins - 250 more than runner-up West Delaware and good for second among all 1A teams.

Carrier finished her day with a 410 series, which was the sixth-best score in all of 1A and made her the only individual from the West Delaware qualifying meet to make it to state.

Adding strong scores of their own were junior Kaylee Dammeier, sophomores Veronica Weigandt, Frances Coons and Erica Miller-Lee and freshman Bailey Walker.

The Central boys nearly made it a perfect day by also qualifying for state, but instead the Sabers found heartbreak for a third-straight year.

Central ended up second at the qualifying meet behind the hosting Hawks with a score of 3,045 (West Delaware bowled a 3,176 - the best total of any team in the state).

Because they finished second, the Sabers were forced to vie for one of two at-large spots in the state field.

Those two spots, though, were taken by Dubuque Wahlert (3,143) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (3,114), and Central was, for the third-straight year, the team closest to earning a state bid (the Sabers have a valid argument against the state's qualifying rules too as they finished with the fifth-best score in the entire state but were still left out).

The Central boys will be represented at state for a second-straight year, thanks to Mumm, who earned one of eight individual at-large spots in the field.

Mumm had a 457 series for the Sabers which was good for 10th overall in the state and third among bowlers at West Delaware.

Full scores for the meet were unavailable at press time, but will be included with Saturday's Observer.

The 1A boys and girls state meet will take place tomorrow (Feb. 21) at the Plaza Lanes in Des Moines.

The meet will start at 1 p.m. with the Parade of Bowlers and the National Anthem with competition beginning at 1:20.

All competitors will start with two individual games which will be used to determine the individual champion (this is different from the past where a third game for the top-10 individuals was used to determine the champion).

After the individual awards have been handed out, the team qualifiers resume action with the baker rotation. Those final five games will determine the team champion.

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