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|Saber girls reign supreme at Prairie's baker tourney|
By Ross Eberhart
The Central girls bowling team continued to make its presence known on eastern Iowa lanes this winter with a sparkling performance at Saturday's Prairie Baker Tournament hosted by Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Competing in a field that included eight 2A squads and four teams that took part in last year's state bowling meet, the Saber group of Shelby Carrier, Frances Coons, Kaylee Dammeier, Bailey Walker, Veronica Weigandt and Erica Miller-Lee not only qualified for the eight-team final bracket, but topped everyone to become the meet's champion.
Looking to give every team a chance to bowl, the event changed its format. In previous years, every team was part of a double elimination bracket that determined the champion.
This year, though, the tournament started with a round-robin format in which each squad took part in 14 baker rotations. A single point was awarded for a win and a half-point for a tie with the top-eight teams advancing to a single-elimination bracket.
The Sabers ended up winning eight of their round robin matches and tied the final one to finish with 8.5 points - good for sixth overall and a spot in the tournament.
The highlight for Central came in its 11th game as they posted a 244 - the best score of the day by any squad.
As the sixth-seed, the Sabers opened the tournament against third-seeded Cedar Rapids Jefferson, but took down the J-Hawks (who finished sixth at state in class 2A last season) to advance to the semifinals.
There, the Sabers met another returning 2A qualifier - Cedar Rapids Washington - who earned the second seed.
The Warriors, though, also proved to be no match for the Sabers, who marched into the finals against the meet's host.
The fourth-seeded Hawks scored their own upset in the semifinals against top-seeded West Delaware, but it was the Sabers' day and Central finished off its championship with a dramatic victory.
The meet came less than 24 hours after both Saber squads traveled north for a dual meet with rival Maquoketa.
Fittingly it was a strong baker rotation that carried the Central girls in their matchup with the Cardinals.
Leading by just 31 pins after round one, the Sabers outscored Maquoketa in all five games of the rotation, including a 67-pin victory in game three, to pull away for a 2,338-2,147 victory.
After bowling a 154 and a 128 in the first two games of the baker rotation, the Sabers found their groove in the final three games.
Central picked up their huge victory in game three with a 183 (compared to a 116 for Maquoketa) and then bowled even better in game four with a 190 before finishing things off with a 181.
Altogether, the Sabers bowled an 836 in round two - 160 pins better than Maquoketa.
Carrier led the Saber girls in round one as the junior notched her second-straight 400 series of the year.
Carrier was a model of consistency, bowling a 213 in game one and then bowling that exact same score again in the second game for a 426.
Adding a 296 series for the Sabers was Walker. The sophomore opened her day with a 131 and then followed it up with an even better 165 in game two.
Abbi Coble added a 269 (thanks to a 144 in game two), while Hannah Niemann was just five pins back of her with a 264 (she too made a leap in the second game, bowling a 152).
Miller-Lee combined a 129 with a 118 for a 247 for the Sabers, and Dammeier finished things off with her own consistent day (the senior coupled a 105 with a 108 for a 213).
The baker rotation played a role in the boys dual as well, with Maquoketa pulling away in the second round for a 2,822-2,704 victory.
The Sabers trailed by just five pins (1,865-1,860) after a strong round one.
Junior Karson Smith led the way for Central, bowling a team-best 257 in game one and adding a 211 in game two for a 468 (just a week after bowling a 491).
Austin Conrad nearly broke 200 in game one (he bowled a 195) and added a 178 in game two for a 373, while Seth Schultz finished just three pins behind him with a (189-181) 370.
Lucas Thul followed up a 144 in game one with a 196 for a 340, while Kameron Dammeier and Logan Warren wrapped things up for the Sabers with scores of (157-152) 309 and (155-145) 300 respectively.
The Cardinals, though, took four of the five baker rotation games (Central took game three by a 177-171 score) to pad its advantage and pick up the eventual victory.
The two Saber JV squads split their matches as well.
The Central girls dominated their dual, knocking off the Cardinals by more than 800 pins (2,169-1,294).
Four Sabers finished with series over 300 led by Marissa Hughes-Truelsen, who bowled a 339. Katie Burken was just seven pins back with a 332, while Coons added a 325 and Weigandt a 309.
Hollyanne Seidell chipped in a 219 with Keelie Tyson rounding things out with a 181.
Alec Vande Voort led the way for the Saber boys with a 325, while Wade Sandry also broke 300 with a 321.
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