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|Saber girls and Smith bowl their way to state berths|
By Ross Eberhart
It might not have been Des Moines, but the Central bowling teams still got a first-hand look at some of the state's best during Tuesday's 1A state-qualifying meet in Camanche.
And when all the bowling had been completed, the Sabers proved that they could be counted among the best as well.
Behind a pair of 400-series, the Central girls bowling team qualified for its second-straight state meet with a team score of 2,787.
It was the third-highest score across all of class 1A, but amazingly was not the top score of the meet as North Scott brought home the team title with a 2,868 (the highest score in the class).
Not to be outdone, the hosting Indians finished just 34 pins behind the Sabers. That was the fourth-highest score in the state and gave Camanche the final at-large spot at state.
Leading the way for the Sabers was junior Shelby Carrier, who had the top individual series at the meet for a second-straight year.
Tuesday, Carrier shared the honor with North Scott's Nicole Butlett as the two bowlers both finished the day with matching 447 series (tied for the second-best score in 1A).
Giving the Sabers an extra lift was fellow junior Veronica Weigandt, who also broke 400 with a 409. It was the second-best series of the year for the Saber and coupled as the eighth-best among qualifiers.
Juniors Frances Coons and Erica Miller-Lee and sophomores Bailey Walker and Abbi Coble rounded things out for the Sabers (complete scores from the meet were not available at press time), who will look to improve on a fifth-place finish at last year's state meet.
It proved to be a strong field in the boys' half of the meet, too, but Central will be represented in Des Moines for a third-straight year as junior Karson Smith earned an at-large spot with his 459 series.
Smith bowled a 225 in his first game and then was even better in game two, posting a 234 to produce the 459.
It was the ninth-best series among all 1A bowlers and good for second at the qualifying meet (Maquoketa's Luke Quinlan took home top honors with a 491).
Behind Quinlan's big day, the Cardinals took home the team title and earned an automatic bid to state with a 3,136. North Scott finished just 39 pins behind and earned an at-large spot at state (the two squads ranked second and third among all team qualifiers).
State meet set for Monday
The Saber girls and Smith will both look to kick off next week with a state championship as the 1A state bowling meet moves from its traditional Thursday spot to Monday (2A bowlers will take to the lanes a day later).
The meet will again be held at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines with doors opening to the public at 9 a.m.
The Parade of Bowlers will kick the day off at 10 a.m. with actual competition taking place at approximately 10:20 a.m.
The format of the competition will resemble a normal meet with two individual games followed by five baker rotation games. A break will take place between the two rounds to crown an individual champion and award state place winners.
As mentioned earlier, the Saber girls posted the third-best team score in qualifying, trailing just Keokuk and North Scott. Smith, meanwhile, posted the ninth-best individual series.
Sabers finish regular season with duals against Bellevue, Camanche
Both Central squads scored a sneak peek of what to expect at Tuesday's state-qualifying meet when they traveled to Camanche a day earlier for a dual with the Indians.
Unfortunately, Camanche made the most of its home-lane advantage by sweeping both contests.
It was the first dual loss of the season for the Saber girls, who were paced by Carrier's 389.
The junior broke 200 (with a 205) in game one and then added a 184 for her series.
Walker had a consistent day, combining a 172 with a 171 for a 343, while Coons chipped in a (158-165) 323.
Weigandt was just six pins back of Coons with a (155-162) 317 and Coble finished off Central's team score with a (160-132) 292. Miller-Lee, meanwhile, combined a 134 with a 142 for a 276.
The Sabers began to find their touch late in the meet and finished their baker rotation with scores of 204, 187 and 177.
The Central boys got a huge day from Austin Conrad in their dual.
The junior posted the team's best score in each game, a 214 in the opener and a 224 in game two, to finish with a 438.
Logan Warren also broke 200 in game one (he bowled a 211) and added a 177 for a 388 while Colin Siegel had nearly identical scores of 170 and 172 for a 342.
Smith chipped in a (182-147) 329 for the Sabers with Seth Schultz and Wade Sandry finishing things off with series of (151-163) 314 and (129-156) 285 respectively.
Central broke 200 in three of its baker games, highlighted by a 225 in game one (the Sabers posted a 211 in games two and five).
It was the second dual in five days for the Sabers, who split with Bellevue.
The meet was the setting for more history for the Central girls, who again broke their own mark for highest team score with a tally of 2,862 (surpassing the total of 2,804 set earlier this year in a win over West Delaware).
Weigandt and Miller-Lee led the way as both juniors finished with 400-series.
The former bowled a team-best 236 in game one and added a 190 for a 426, while the latter posted a 177 in game one and then led the team with a 233 in game two for a 410 series.
Coble nearly broke 400 herself. The Saber bowled a 179 in the opening game and then broke 200 with a 212 for a 391.
Carrier broke 200 in game one (a 224) and added a 156 for a 380, while Walker and Coons wrapped things up for the Sabers with series of (185-152) 337 and (128-149) 277 respectively.
The Sabers were very consistent in the baker rotation with just 21 pins separating their lowest (a 171 in game three) and highest (a 193 in game five) totals.
Smith finished right at 400 to lead the way for the Central boys.
The junior finished at 199 in game one and then surpassed 200 by a single pin in the second game.
The Sabers' top score in game two came from Conrad, who bowled a 216 to finish off a 377 series. Schultz also broke 200 in game two with his 212 putting the finishing touches on a 368.
Siegel combined a 157 with a 191 for a 348, while Warren added a (171-168) 339 and Lucas Thul a (90-134) 224.
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