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home : sports : sports Saturday, July 23, 2016

3/29/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Carrier leads group of all-district bowling honorees

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A state championship is not the only honor that has come out of the bowling season for Central junior Shelby Carrier.

The reigning 1A champion headlines a group of five Sabers honored with spots on the Iowa All-District 11 bowling team.

Carrier was one of six bowlers to land on the girls first team and brought home an even bigger honor as the district Bowler of the Year (it is the second-straight year, Carrier has earned the distinction).

Fellow junior Erica Miller-Lee earned a spot on the second team, while Frances Coons was an honorable mention selection.

The Sabers' final honoree on the all-district girls team was head coach Seth Ketelsen, who earned his second-straight Coach of the Year honor after leading Central to a third-place finish at state.

Two other Central bowlers made the boys all-district team with junior state-qualifier Karson Smith landing on the second-team and Austin Conrad garnering honorable mention accolades.

The 1A individual title was the perfect capper to what was a sensational junior season for Carrier.

The Saber bowled in 26 games this season and finished top in all of class 1A in both total pins (5,477) and game average (210.7). The latter number is fourth-best in Iowa regardless of class.

Carrier bowled a season-high 269 in one game against Louisa-Muscatine and posted the highest series in 1A with a 493 against Maquoketa (fittingly, Carrier also bowled the second-best series in 1A with her 478 at the state meet).

The only other Saber to bowl in 26 games this year was Miller-Lee, who finished second on the team with 4,394 total pins.

The junior averaged 169 pins per game and had a big 237-pin performance in the Sabers win over Western Dubuque. Not surprisingly, Miller-Lee also produced her best series (412) of the season in the meet.

Central's second-highest average belonged to Coons, who racked up 3,741 total pins in 22 games or 170 per game.

The junior also performed well against Western Dubuque, bowling a season-high game of 215 against the Bobcats. Coons' best series came a week earlier as she tallied a 396 against West Delaware.

Joining the Saber ladies at Des Moines was Smith, who led the Central boys in both total pins (5,365) and game average (206.3).

A second-place finisher in the 1A state-qualifying meet, Smith made a sensational home debut as he set both of his season-highs in Central's victory over Louisa-Muscatine.

Smith bowled a 258 in his second game of the night to finish with a 491 series - both were season-bests.

Providing his own strong season for the Sabers was Conrad, who finished second on the team with 4,348 total pins and third in average (181.2).

The junior posted both of his season-highs against Camanche with a 224 in game two helping complete a team-best series of 438 in the Sabers' season finale.


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