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3/16/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Mumm finishes career with second-straight trip to state

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The crowd was not nearly as overwhelming, neither was the sheer number of talented bowlers.

But the nerves still remained for Central senior Allen Mumm.

And it had all to do with what the ultimate goal was for each and every bowler at Monday's 1A state bowling meet - win a state championship.

A state title certainly had the full attention of Mumm, who had already experienced all of the other hoopla a state event can offer when he became the first Central boys bowler to qualify for state last year.

"From last year to this year, the major difference was knowing what to expect," Mumm said. "By that I mean - the amount of people that were there and the talent of the other bowlers.

"(The) nerves were still there," Mumm added. "I think more this year than last year because I wanted to go out a state champion - I put too much pressure on myself."

Mumm may not have finished his career as a state titlist, but he did cement himself in Central bowling lore by becoming the first and so far only Saber to compete in two different state meets.

Mumm bettered his score from last year too as the senior opened his day with a 178 and then followed it up with a 225 for a 403 series.

The series was 28 pins better than the year before and good for 32nd overall (sophomore Caleb Miller of Cedar Rapids Xavier won the meet with a 492).

Even with the pressure of finishing his high school career as a champion, Mumm still had the right strategy coming into his second state meet.

"The only strategy I absolutely had was to go out and have fun," Mumm said. "Having fun is the key to success in anything you do."

There was plenty of fun to be had for Mumm early in the first game as the senior started his day by picking up a spare and then followed it up with two-straight strikes.

A split on frame four prevented Mumm from notching a turkey, but the Saber gave himself another opportunity with consecutive strikes on frames five and six.

Another split, though, again ended Mumm's run of marks.

Mumm followed with another strike and then bounced back from an open ninth frame by opening the 10th with his sixth strike of the game.

The senior's second attempt in the 10th left two pins standing, but Mumm blasted them away with his third ball to finish game one with a 178.

Mumm flipped his first two frames in game two, this time getting a strike to open things up and then following with a spare.

Mumm added a strike in frame three, but then fell victim to a split in the fourth. The Saber bounced right back, notching back-to-back strikes in five and six.

A spare in frame seven stemmed Mumm's momentum for a moment, but the senior got right back at it with a strike in the eighth.

Mumm added another strike in the ninth and this time got his turkey with a third-straight strike to lead off the 10th frame.

Mumm was not done as he followed with a second strike in the 10th and then a third as part of a five-strike finish that yielded a 225.

"I figured out the lanes late in my second game and ended with five strikes in a row," Mumm said.

The 225 was the best one-game score for Mumm during his two trips to state and the finish provided a fitting ending for the second of two memorable trips to state.

"My state experience was great," said Mumm, who had the special opportunity to have his father Mike in his corner as a coach. "Having my dad coach me two years in a row at state will be a memory I will never forget."

It was a special thrill for coach Mumm as well.

"This has been one of the greatest moments in my life," coach Mumm said. "To see where his bowling career started and where it has gone is just an awesome feeling.

"Getting to help and see his talent grow has just been a great pleasure and will not be forgotten."

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