CLINTON — The Camanche girls bowling team advanced to the state bowling tournament for Class 1A after bowling 2,599 at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque on Tuesday.

“It was not too bad,” Camanche bowling coach Jay Garvey said. “It was a little bit of a slow start but after they got the jitters out things fell into place and they did pretty decent.”

Kendall Wright had the best individual performance for the Indians with a score of 380 through the two individual games. Ashton Haskell bowled a 360 and senior Jordan Smith came in at 356.

For the girls squad, this will be the seventh year in a row the team has qualified.

“That’s pretty cool,” Garvey said. “They didn’t bowl great, but they bowled decent and did what they had to do so it’s a pretty good day.”

The boys missed out after a slow baker rotation, ending with a match total of 2,850.

“They got second and bowled pretty good in the two regular games,” Garvey said about the boys’ performance. “When we got to bakers, our bakers set was not very good for all but one game.

“That’s been our strong point throughout the year but today the boys only had one good game. By that time they were well, well behind.”

Still, the boys team is young. The group of six varsity bowlers who bowled substate Tuesday will not graduate any athletes, leaving a promising future for Indians bowling.

“Hopefully after they get through the disappointment of today, they’ll understand that next year will be better,” Garvey said.

Payton Nicol bowled a 431 through two games, Dalton Weber threw a 403 and Austin Smith a 402.

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