DES MOINES — Shelby Carrier knew her scores were good, and she was feeling good as the top 10 finishers were announced Monday at the Iowa Class 1A girls bowling state tournament. The feeling kept getting better.
“I felt like I had done good enough to be in the top three,” said Carrier, a junior at Central DeWitt. “They started from 10 going up, and I had a good feeling when they got toward the top.”
When Baileigh Swanson of North Scott was announced as the runner-up with a 451, Carrier realized what that meant — sort of. Her 478-pin total made her the state champion.
“It’s actually — just the feeling of being state champion — just sinking in,” Carrier said in a telephone interview Monday night. “When I heard second place, I got emotional a bit, in shock. I didn’t know how to react when I won.”
Not only did Carrier win the title, Central DeWitt placed third in the team standings, one spot ahead of Camanche. Keokuk won the team title with a 2,926-pin total. North Scott, which won the state-qualifying meet that included Central DeWitt and Camanche, was second with 2,901, followed by Central DeWitt (2,734), Camanche (2,644) and Western Dubuque (2,622).
“It was nice knowing not only was I state champion, but what the whole team accomplished,” Carrier said, noting that the Sabers finished fifth a year ago. “We had great energy. Everyone was feeding off each other.”
Coach Bill Perdieu called it a total team effort.
“They boweled well,” he said. “There were some struggles during the first round. But they had a 993 for the Baker round and went from fourth to third. It was exciting watching them do that.”
Only Keokuk, with a 1,086, had a better Baker score than Central DeWitt, and that score vaulted the Chiefs past North Scott and into first place.