CAMANCHE — The Central DeWitt girls bowling team did its part to earn a second straight trip to the 1A state bowling meet.
But that still meant a little bit of waiting.
Sparked by a 415 series by sophomore Jena Edwards and a monster Baker rotation, the Sabers’ bowled their highest score of the season, a 2,731, at Tuesday’s 1A state-qualifying meet at Imperial Lanes at Camanche.
Only the champions of the seven state-wide qualifying meets were guaranteed a spot at state, however, and the Sabers’ strong finish was no match for the hosting Indians, who produced three of the five highest series in the class and its largest Baker score to take top honor at the meet with a 3,179.
That meant the Sabers would have to wait to see how their 2,731 would hold up against the other non-title winning scores across 1A — a wait that got extended two extra days due to winter weather postponements.
Central DeWitt, though, had no reason to fret: their score at Tuesday’s meet was not only good enough for the Class 1A at-large spot, it was also the third-highest score in the class itself, behind just the Indians (whose 3,179 was the highest score in the state, regardless of class) and reigning 1A champion Louisa-Muscatine, who bowled a 2,994.
The Sabers are set to take on those two squads as well as five others at Monday’s state meet as they look to build on last year’s second-place finish.
Edwards was the only bowler not wearing Camanche blue and red to finish in the top-five at Tuesday’s meet. The Sabers sophomore opened her day with a 201 and then followed it up with an even-better 214 to finish eighth among 1A bowlers across the state with a 415 series.
Just 12 pins separated Central DeWitt’s next four finishers. Mairead Willimack led the quartet, combining a 182 with a 171 for a 353. Alyssa Lampe was just six pins back with her 347 that featured a 198 in her second game.
Kenzi Dammeier had her own strong game two score, a 187, to wrap up a 345, while Eve Schmitt combined a 169 with a 172 for a 341 series. Senior Kimberly Hendricks capped things off, bowling a 171 in the second game of her 311.
The Sabers broke 200 twice in their Baker rotation. A 238 in game two was the second-highest Baker score of the entire meet and Central DeWitt wrapped up their season-best score by bowling a 208 in its final game.