Decorah keglers working to clinch conference title

By Becky Walz,

With the Decorah boys’ bowling moving to 9-0 and girls to 8-1 for the season, both are in the hunt to close the season out as the best of the conference in duals. Friday night, the Vikings hosted Waverly-Shell Rock with both teams defeating the Go-Hawks at Kingpin Entertainment Center.
In boys’ action, Decorah ran away with the victory 3,023 to 2,346. Baker game scores were 176, 213, 182, 193 and 224.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these kids. They kept their intensity the entire night,” noted Coach Keith Bruening.
At the top of the Vikings’ list was senior Grady Brauer with individual games of 235 and 215 and sophomore Shane Treangen with 179 and 243 games. Other varsity bowlers for the night included Easton Luzum (212, 191), Will Marx (175, 183), Benson Newhouse (195, 186) and Daniel Skrade (190, 189).
The junior varsity boys also improved to 9-0 by outshooting Waverly-Shell Rock 2,955 to 2,068. At the forefront of the JV squad were Bryce Elsbernd (446), Cade Averhoff (407) and Brock Christensen (399).
In girls’ action, the Vikings won 2,718 to 2,003 with baker games of 181, 188, 166, 213 and 204.
“The girls were outstanding all night, hitting the head pin and were consistent on all spares. You can’t ask for a better day,” said Coach Bruening.
As she has all season, Rebecca Bruening was the team leader with games of 222 and 182. Freshman Rylee Averhoff was right there with her with a pair of games at 183 and 213. With the pair in varsity competition were Karlie Einck (149, 156), Marri Feuerhelm (171, 150), Hannah Schnitzler (157, 161) and Addison Wicklund (155, 162).
The JV girls moved to 9-0 on the season with a forfeit by the Go-Hawks. Bowling for the Decorah JV girls were Jassera Tweeten (342), Chloe Chyle (316) and Lilly Iverson (313).
With the postseason soon underway, Decorah hosts New Hampton Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Kingpin Entertainment Center at 4 p.m., and will compete in the individual conference tournament Thursday, Feb. 9, at 9 a.m., hosted by Independence at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo.

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