Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald
---- — 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.
Frances Coons had the second-best individual score for the Sabers, a 181-213—394. Rounding out the individual scorers were Erica Miller-Lee (133-168—301), Bailery Walker (159-133—292) and Veronica Weigandt (134-142—276). The order for the Baker round was Walker, Weigandt, Miller-Lee, Coons and Carrier.
Senior Morgan Benthin led Camanche with a sixth-place finish overall, rolling games of 224 and 199 for a 423 total. Also for the Indians, senior Alison Seibel (160-221—381), senior Morgan Determan (177-182—359), junior MaKenzie Ciner (152-199—351), senior Kelly Michaelsen (186-155—351) and sophomore Kayla Gifford (170-178—248) all finished in the top 25. Determan was the state runner-up last year, when the Indians also placed second.
But nobody bowled as well as Carrier.
“She bowled absolutely fantastic,” Perdieu said. “She was on it all day long. She had a good shot across the board. She got on to her shot and was mechanically strong.”
Perdieu wasn’t surprised to see Carrier battle for the top spot after she placed 11th last year with a 377.
“I thought she had a shot last year,” he said. “She came in with a real desire to make it happen. She had a 206, 207 average coming in.”
Carrier said the experience gained from last year’s meet benefited her Monday.
“It’s very loud with lot of cheering,” she said. “Getting a head’s up last year on the noise helped. We can deal with all the pressure and the loud noise.”
Carrier established a 23-pin lead when she rolled a 258 in her first game. That game included one stretch with six consecutive strikes.
“It was a really good feeling knowing I started out the day with such a good score,” Carrier said. “I knew I had the potential for another good score.
“I was bowling really good. I was surprised how well the lanes were working for me.”
With close to 30 lanes in use, Carrier said she didn’t get wrapped up in the individual battle.
“I mainly focused on myself and fed off what my teammates were bowling,” she said. “I didn’t have any idea what other girls were shooting.”
Carrier followed up with a 220, and although five other players scored higher, none scored well enough to get any closer than 27 pins behind Carrier.
The successful day already have Carrier and her teammates looking for a top-two team finish next year. All six girls in the lineup Monday will be back.
“It’s a young team still,” Perdieu said. “They’re looking forward to it already. It was a great day out there.”
Maquoketa boys 6th
DES MOINES — Senior Luke Quinlan placed fifth individually and led Maquoketa to a sixth-place finish in the Class 1A boys state tournament at Plaza Lanes.
Quinland rolled games of 235 and 225 for a 460 to finish 54 pins behind champion Hayden Berry of Red Oak. Berry scored a 269-235—504.
Maquoketa finished with a 2,949 team total. Waverly-Shell Rock won the team crown with a 3,159 score.
Central DeWitt’s Karson Smith finished 33rd with a 389-pin total.
IOWA CLASS 1A BOWLING STATE TOURNAMENT
(Individual total-Baker round total-overall total)
1. Keokuk 1,840-1,086—2,926; 2. North Scott 1,967-934—2,901; 3. Central DeWitt 1,741-993—2,734; 4. Camanche 1,865-779—2,644; 5. Western Dubuque 1,724-898—2,622; 6. Denison-Schleswig 1,643-964—2,607; 7. Knoxville 1,637-783—2,429; 8. Waverly-Shell Rock 1,555-861—2,416; 9. Creston 1,553-777—2,330; 10. Harlan 1,516-711—2,227.
1. Shelby Carrier (Central DeWitt) 258-220—478; 2., Baileigh Swanson (North Scott) 227-224—451; 3. Tessa Pepping (North Scott) 235-205—440; 4. (tie) Lacey Dresden (Keokuk) 221-212—433 and Bre Smith (Marion) 199-234—433; 6. Morgan Benthin (Camanche) 224-199—423; 7. Maggie Weber (Waterloo Columbus) 208-210—418; 8. Missy Black (North Scott) 179-235—414; 9. Peyton Brundardt (Denison-Schleswig) 215-197—412; 10. Lakyn Boltz (Keokuk) 214-196—410.
CENTRAL DEWITT — 1. Carrier 258-220—478; 14. Frances Coons 181-213—394; 41. Erica Miller-Lee 133-168—301; 48. Bailey Walker 159-133—292; 56. Veronica Weigandt 134-142—276; 63. Abbi Coble 125-120—245. Total 1,741. Baker games 180-244-205-171-193—993.
CAMANCHE — 6. Benthin 223-199—423; 16. Alison Seibel 160-221—381; 19. Morgan Determan 177-182—349; 21. (tie) MaKenzie Ciner 152-199—351; 21. (tie) Kelly Michaelsen 186-165—351; 25. (tie) Kayla Gifford 170-178—348. Baker games 115-151-164-156-193—779.
(Individual total-Baker round total-overall total)
1. Waverly-Shell Rock 3,159; 2. Red Oak 3,091; 3. North Scott 3,079; 4. Western Dubuque 3,034; 5. Cherokee 3,023; 6. Maquoketa 2,949; 7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2,886; 8. Newton 2,882; 9. Mount Pleasant 2,865; 10. Louisa-Muscatine 2,776.
1. Hayden Berry (Red Oak) 269-235—504; 2. Caleb Miller (Cedar Rapids Xavier) 279-211—490; 3. Tyler Schmitt (Sergeant Bluff-Luton) 279-194—473; 4. Derrick Stowell (Cherokee) 253-215—468; 5. Luke Quinlan (Maquoketa) 235-225—460; 6. Clayton Sammons (Mount Pleasant) 257-200—457; 7. (tie) Dylin Keat (Red Oak) 231-222—453 and Grant Kramer (Western Dubuque) 201-252—453; 9. Aaron Boisen (Cherokee) 256-194—450; 10. Seth Masker (Waverly-Shell Rock) 226-213—439. Also, 33. Karson Smith (Central DeWitt) 207-182—389.
MAQUOKETA — 5. Quinlan 235-225—460; 11. Levi Lange 192-246—438; 14. Dalton Waugh 236-195—431; 52. (tie) Seth McDermott 141-183—334; 64. Thomas Clark 176-134—301; 68. Kyle Davison 103-166—269. Baker games 226-208-164-196-182—976.