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Central junior Kaylee Dammeier gets ready to send the ball down the lane during Monday’s 1A state bowling meet in Des Moines. Dammeier had the Sabers’ best one-game score of the day — a 206 in game one — and finished 15th overall with a 368 series to help Central finish fifth as a team.
Sabers take fifth in first trip to state bowling meet

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It is said that the bad thing about first impressions is that you only get to make them once.

You can be sure then that the Central girls bowling team made the most of its first appearance at the 1A state bowling meet.

Despite being the youngest of the 10 squads competing, the Sabers still finished in the top-half of the team standings and made an indelible mark in what will likely be the first of many trips to Des Moines.

"I'm exceptionally proud of the girls and all they have done this season," Central girls head coach Seth Ketelsen said. "They showed the state we are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come."

With no seniors and just one junior competing at state, the Sabers no doubt have a bright future, but the present was quite good as well.

Central was the only team to have three bowlers finish in the top-15 and the Sabers' round one score of 1,773 put them in third place and in line for state honors as the teams entered the baker rotation.

The Sabers, though, ran into trouble during the five baker games which allowed both Keokuk and Red Oak to leap-frog them and Central took fifth with a score 2,584.

The top scores in both rounds came from Dubuque Wahlert, which coupled a 1,866 in round one with a 989 in the baker rotation for a 2,855 - the fourth-highest winning total in 1A history.

Area rival Camanche took second with a 2,762, while Keokuk and Red Oak finished third (2,660) and fourth (2,655) respectively.

Leading the way for the Sabers was sophomore Frances Coons, who became the first-ever Central bowler to medal at state as she finished ninth overall in the individual competition with a 387 series.

Coons set the stage for her historic finish right away in the first game, as she did not leave a single frame open.

The sophomore started her day with five spares and a strike through six frames and then added strikes in frames seven and nine (with a spare in between).

Coons finished her first game with one more spare in the tenth frame before wrapping everything up with a strike for a 196.

The top Central one-game score of the day also came in the first game as junior Kaylee Dammeier saved her best performance of the year for state.

The Sabers' first bowler, Dammeier led off the entire meet with a strike and then added others in frames three, five, six, eight and 10.

Like Coons, Dammeier did not have an open frame at all in game one and five spares helped her complete a 205 - her best one-game score of the year.

Sophomore Veronica Weigandt had five strikes of her own during game one and added four spares (including a split conversion in frame two) to finish with a 189.

Shelby Carrier, meanwhile, had four strikes and six spares for a 183. Freshman Bailey Walker added a 145 with three strikes and five spares, while Erica Miller-Lee rounded things out with six spares and a strike for a 142.

Coons kept at it in game two, opening things up with three-straight spares (including a split conversion in frame one) before adding a turkey (three-straight strikes) in frames five, six and seven. The sophomore added one more spare in frame nine before finishing things off with a strike in frame 10.

The final result was a 191 in game two, which gave Coons a 387 series which was good for ninth (the winning series proved to be a 433 from freshman Lisa Schroeder of Western Dubuque).

The Sabers' top score in game two was put forth by Carrier, who had six strikes (including back-to-back strikes in seven and eight and again in 10) and three spares for a 194.

That gave Carrier a 377 series for the day, which put her 11th overall in the competition - just four pins out of 10th.

Finishing nine pins behind Carrier and 15th overall was Dammeier as the junior added a 163 to her strong first game total. Dammeier had four strikes in game two with three coming on a turkey that covered frames six, seven and eight.

Separated by just three pins in game one, Walker and Miller-Lee did themselves one better in game two by finishing with matching 170s.

Walker earned hers with four strikes and four spares, while Miller-Lee had three strikes of her own and added five spares.

Rounding things out in game two was Weigandt, who had a strike and five spares (including a split conversion in the ninth frame) to make up her 137.

The Sabers ended round one in third, but there were three teams - Western Dubuque was just five pins behind, Red Oak six behind and Keokuk 21 behind - nipping right on their heels.

The Sabers opened the baker rotation with a 167 and followed it up with an even better 172 in game two. A 144 in game three brought the Sabers back to earth, but another 167 in game four and a 161 in game five left Central with an 811.

That was more than enough to hold back Western Dubuque, who had a 750 in their baker rotation, but it was not enough to keep Red Oak and Keokuk at bay.

The former used an 888 to take fourth, while the latter bowled a 909 to hurdle over Western Dubuque, Red Oak and Central into third place.

Each of the four teams that finished ahead of the Sabers will be losing at least two seniors, and with everyone back and state experience Central will be ready to leave even larger impressions in the near future.

"The girls will continue to grow and get better, especially now that they have experienced such a big tournament with all the pressures that come with it," Ketelsen said. "I know this team will work hard between now and next November when the new season starts."

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