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Waterloo East's Abbie Williams bowls during the Class 2A state tournament at Cadillac XBC in Waterloo.

WATERLOO — Waterloo East’s girls had plenty of support in their house at Cadillac XBC for Thursday’s Class 2A state bowling tournament.

The lanes on this day, however, weren’t as receptive.

An East team that made a third consecutive trip to state with 2A’s top qualifying score of 3,031 settled for a fourth place total of 2,656. Ottumwa defended its championship by knocking down 2,790 pins, followed by LeMars (2,761) and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (2,758).

After winning a championship two years ago and placing runner-up last season, East entered this tournament inside its home with high expectations. A fire forced the venue to be moved from Plaza Lanes in Des Moines to Cadillac XBC in Waterloo.

“It’s our house, but it’s a different atmosphere so that changes things,” East coach Mike Weber said. “We ran across a pair (of lanes) that were not conducive to carrying and we just didn’t have enough to finish out.

“They battled along. We had our struggles, and we did good. We had some issues covering single-pin spares. Other than that, they bowled their average.”

East’s Abbie Williams nearly capped her breakthrough sophomore season with an individual state championship. Her six consecutive strikes led to a tournament-leading 249 game one, before recovering from a pair of open frames in the second game to salvage a 201 score for a 450 series.

Des Moines North’s Sam Meade edged Williams by just two pins for the championship with her series of 452 (215-237).

“I’ve definitely taken practice more seriously and I’m starting to take bowling more seriously, focusing more on my marks, my shots, paying more attention to everything,” said Williams, who placed 15th in her freshman state debut.

Weber was pleased with the manner in which his sophomore competed.

“She did an awesome job of making adjustments,” East’s coach said. “We had a few adjustments for her to make and she made them and stayed striking. She’s a phenomenal bowler and has a lot to look forward to.”

While East may not have reached its ultimate goal, there were plenty of positives to take away from this season after graduating three seniors from last year’s successful team. All six of the Trojans who competed in Thursday’s state meet will return.

“We lost people coming into this year and I’m surprised how close we managed to get as a team,” Williams said. “Us getting close is what brought the score we threw at regionals.”

Added Weber, “The pins didn’t bounce our way today. We’ll come back next year and bring it along. We plan on being here again next year.”

In the 2A boys’ state tournament, Western Dubuque won with a championship score of 3,160, followed by Ottumwa at 3,135. Waverly-Shell Rock used a strong baker round to move from seventh to fifth place with a 2,998 total.

Oskaloosa’s Dylan Van Wyk flirted with perfection as he bowled a 299 second game for an individual championship series of 525.

Class 2A state bowling results


TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Ottumwa 1,882, 2. LeMars 2,761, 3. Council Bluffs Jefferson 2,758, 4. Waterloo East 2,656, 5. Western Dubuque 2,629, 6. Clinton 2,616, 7. Urbandale 2,547, 8. Cedar Rapids Xavier 2,512.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Sam Meade (Des Moines North) 452, 2. Abbie Williams (East) 450, 3. Kayla Davidson (Ottumwa) 444, 4. Mackenzie Blum (Urbandale) 428, 5. Annelise Dickinson (Clinton) 415, 9. Alysha Edler 401.

EAST — Williams 249-201 — 450, Alysha Edler 212-189 — 401, AshLee Snapp 209-181 — 390, Stephanie Burge 150-161 — 311, Soleil Morgan 147-133 — 280, Macy Wright 109-117 — 226.


TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Western Dubuque 3,160, 2. Ottumwa 3,135, 3. Keokuk 3,087, 4. Council Bluffs Jefferson 3,019, 5. Waverly-Shell Rock 2,998, 6. North Scott 2,986, 7. Urbandale 2,981, 8. LeMars 2,678.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Dylan Van Wyk (Oskaloosa) 525, 2. Brock Larson (North Scott) 514, T3. Jaxson Coble (Ottumwa) 513, T3. Drew Nadermann (Western Dubuque) 513, 5. Alec Reseland (Urbandale) 505.

WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK — Zach Denton 228-170 — 398, Lane Shears 179-212 — 391, Logan Shears 192-194 — 386, Malcolm Newell 201-150 — 351, Jared McLey 159-189 — 348, Noah Jeppesen 116-164 — 280.


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