Submitted by Ken Boesenberg-WD Girl’s Bowling Coach:
The West Delaware Girl’s Bowling team traveled to Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids to compete in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational Bowling Tournament on Saturday. It was the first ever trip for the Hawks to the highly regarded high school tournament.
The format consisted of a Round Robin Match Play where the Hawks bowled two games against six opponents and the blind.
Competing for the Hawks in the tournament were junior Kaitlyn Salow, sophomores Kaitlyn Werner, Chelsie Mangold and Hope Mozingo along with seniors Abby Becker and Riley Cole.
The Hawks ran through their portion of the Round Robin Match Play with a record of 12-2. The Hawks then ran off six straight wins. Entering the final Round Robin match the Hawks were tied with their opponent, Cedar Rapids Jefferson in total pin fall and up one point in the win column. The Hawks responded with a pair of convincing wins 219-168 and 205-186.
The 12-2 record and the total pin count of 2524 were both tops among the 15 competing teams, earning the Hawks the number one seed in the bracketed portion of the tournament.
West Delaware started bracket play against Iowa City High, a team they had split with earlier. The Hawks would not be denied this time around winning the first game 193-154. Game two the Hawks edged City High 188-187.
The win set up a semi-final match with host Cedar Rapids Prairie, the number one overall seed coming into the tournament. The Little Hawks edged out West Delaware 2-0 winning by scores of 214-208 and 181-150.
The semi-final loss put the Hawks into the 3rd/4th place match against Cedar Rapids Washing who had entered the tournament as the number two overall seed. The Hawks got off to a bit of a slow start with a pair of open frames before catching fire and closing out game one 181-140 over the Warriors. For the day the Hawks averaged 182 over 20 Baker games recording 76 strikes and converting 39 of 52 single pin spare opportunities. Their 16-4 match play record was tops for the day as well was their total pin count of 3,638.
Riley Cole led the team with an outstanding average of 231 on the day.
The Hawks girl’s and boy’s bowling squads will host Waterloo Columbus this Friday afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m. at Lightning Lanes.