Fledgling Hawk bowling program spreads its wings as State Qualifiers
In just the first year of its bowling program, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn has sent athletes to State. Both the HMS boys team and Jack Mastbergen as an individual accomplished the feat February 14, as Locomotion Lanes in Sanborn hosted one of eight State Qualifying Meets for Class 1A. HMS participated in the 1A State Qualifying Meet for the girls, which was also at Locomotion Lanes but on February 13. The Hawk girls were unable to qualify anyone for State.
HMS won the boys team competition which determined the State qualifier. The Hawks totaled 2869 pins, the result of their 15 Baker games. Defending 1A champ Shenandoah finished second with 2689 pins.
Bowlers also rolled three games to determine the individual qualifiers. The top two advanced to State and Mastbergen turned in the high series at the Sanborn site with a 700. Maddox Muston of Sergeant Bluff-Luton earned the other State berth after bowling a 663 series. The Hawks’ Marcus Aaron was fifth with a 581 series.
Waterloo hosted both the team and individual State Tournaments. The team tournament was held at Cadillac XBC on Monday and the individual tournament at Maple Lanes on Tuesday. The HMS team was knocked out in the first round by Louisa-Muscatine. The Hawks were able to take two of the five match-ups against the top-seeded team. The individual results were not available at press time.
HMS head coach Julia Meyer was understandably pleased following the boys’ Qualifying Meet. “Our competition Tuesday included the defending state champion team and other high ranked stiff competition, however, the boys took on the challenge right out of the gate,” noted Meyer. “The atmosphere was competitive, yet the HMS boys kept upbeat through the day and punched their ticket to state bowling with some of their best games of the season. The Team event was decided by 15 Baker games total pins with a HMS high game of 268! We’re happy for Jack Mastbergen who shot a tremendous 700 series with a high game of 275, and also punched his ticket for Individual game competition at State. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to go to the State Tournament and want to thank the community, parents, grandparents and fans for their support as well as Locomotion Lanes for all they’ve done for us. We are SO proud of them all.”
Shenandoah did manage to qualify its girls team after they produced the high score of 2436 at Locomotion Lanes. The Hawks were third at 1950 pins. In between was OABCIG with a 1971 total.
“At the first hosting of 1A District State Qualifying held in Sanborn, our girls team did their best, but were unable to top the team of Shenandoah girls team in the Baker games and individual games,” said Meyer. “As this was our first year, we got a taste of what a fun yet competitive atmosphere the qualifying day is like. It was a learning experience, and very proud of the girls and their effort and think we will be better prepared next season.”
Individual qualifiers at the Sanborn site were Sophia Hagen of North Iowa, who rolled a 546 series, and Jaylan Gray of Shenandoah, who bowled a 529. The top series for HMS, a 436, was turned in by Meghan Larson and included a 163 game. Destiny Olvera recorded the team’s high game of 168.
Boys Team Scores: HMS 2869, Shenandoah 2689, OABCIG 2636, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2548, North Iowa 2081, Pocahontas Area 1222.
15 HMS Baker games: 196, 167, 222, 175, 186, 179, 213, 268, 192, 164, 181, 201, 191, 155, 179.
HMS Boys Individual Results: Jack Mastbergen 248-275-177 – 700, Marcus Aaron 206-179-196 – 581, Dawson Niichel 205-142-198 – 545, Riley Russell 161-188-192 – 541, Drew Prins 160-172-200 – 532, Skyler Shaffer 202-176-134 – 512.
Girls Team Scores: Shenandoah 2436, OABCIG 1971, HMS 1950, North Iowa 1767, Pocahontas Area 1731. (Emmetsburg had just two girls bowling as individuals.)
15 HMS Baker games: 117, 116, 110, 142, 134, 175, 104, 160, 107, 135, 143, 122, 112, 126, 147.
HMS Girls Individual Results: Meghan Larson 134-139-163 – 436, Jordan Lux 131-140-140 – 411, Destiny Olvera 117-118-168 – 403, Lexi Croatt 103-123-112 – 338, Keyanna Brower 100-92-109 – 301, Annika Overmire 123-83-81 – 287.