CAMANCHE — One big finish has given Central DeWitt bowler Andrew Hall a chance for an even bigger one.
Hall paced the Sabers with a 203 in his first game at Monday’s 1A state-qualifying meet at Imperial Lanes in Camanche, but the junior was even better in his second game.
In fact, Hall bowled Central DeWitt’s highest score of the season with his 287.
The two 200-plus scores combined for a 490 series, another season-best, which allowed the Saber to claim the fifth and final at-large spot for Wednesday’s 1A state meet.
A total of 12 1A bowlers across Iowa earn the chance to compete at state: the seven champions from each of the state-qualifying meets as well as the next five highest scores.
The hosting Indians’ Jacob Hartman won Monday’s meet and its automatic spot with a 515 series. His Camanche teammate, Troy Edmunds, bowled a 503 and earned one of the at-large bids, while Hall’s 490 helped him earn another.
With two 500-plus series, Camanche — the reigning 1A state champion — rolled to the team title with a 3,251. West Delaware also broke 3,000 with a 3,005, while the Sabers took this with a 2,925.
Just missing his own spot in the top five for the Sabers was senior Lane Walker, who had his own strong second game — a 236 — and combined with a 199 in game one for a 435 series that ranked sixth overall.
Will Vanderbilt opened his day with a 184 and added a 172 for a 356, while Corey McAleer used a 221 in his second game to finish just six pins back with a 350.
Kaden Dammeier and Eli Haack, meanwhile, also saw their scores rise in game two — a 185 for the former, a 165 for the latter — to finish off series of 335 and 322, respectively.
The Sabers finished the first round just 68 pins back of the second-place Hawks and produced the two highest Baker scores between the two teams: a 215 in game two and a 210 in game four, but West Delaware countered by eclipsing 200 in three different games to make sure their lead held up.
Monticello, another eastern Iowa squad, earned the at-large team spot at state, bowling a 3,198. The Sabers’ 2,925 score, meanwhile, would have been the winning score at three other meets.