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WATERLOO — Waterloo West’s boys patiently worked to put everything together inside the familiar confines of Cadillac Lanes during Wednesday’s Class 3A state bowling tournament.

Often salvaging spares and stringing occasional runs of strikes early, the Wahawks couldn’t help but hear Marshalltown’s bowlers whooping and hollering as they knocked down seemingly every pin in sight on the lane next door.

Championship favorite Marshalltown placed three individuals among the top 11, and took a 23-pin team lead over Southeast Polk into the baker round. West sat 87 pins back of the early leader in fourth place.

Then the Wahawks caught fire.

West’s five bowlers combined to finish the opening baker game with 10 consecutive strikes for a 269. They backed that up with a 233 to pass three teams for the state lead. With a championship within their grasp, a brief stumble in the final game forced West to settle for a third-place trophy.

Southeast Polk produced individual champion Zach Bianchi, and was steady enough through the baker round to hold off Marshalltown’s late charge for the team title, 3,210-3,202. West finished at 3,199.

West’s five-game baker round score of 1,141 was the best in the state.

“They made a heck of a run at it there, impressive baker round,” West coach Todd Bracken said. “But they just lost a little bit of the hold area out there (in the fifth baker game) and the lane just started taking off on them. They didn’t quite finish the job, but they did great to come back the way they did.”

West sophomore Tristan Corcoran picked up his second state individual medal in as many years with a 10th-place, 440 two-game series. He led a deep Wahawk team that returned everyone from last year’s fourth-place finish.

Senior Dalton Draeger was West’s steady anchor in the baker round as he closed four of the five 10th frames out with three consecutive strikes.

The Wahawks added a fourth-game score of 236 onto an initial three-game series of 728. They tallied a 177 in the fifth baker.

“It was definitely tough on me and the boys coming into that last game,” Draeger said. “We knew we needed a good game and we just couldn’t pull it out, but four of the five were insane.”

Waterloo West’s girls also represented their hometown well, bowling above their average and placing fifth with a 2,620 score. Senior Marissa Gates’ 384 series led the Wahawks. Cedar Rapids Prairie won the girls’ team title with a score of 3,103.

Class 3A state bowling


TEAM STANDINGS — 1. Southeast Polk 3,210, 2. Marshalltown 3,202, 3. Waterloo West 3,199, 4. Davenport North 3,082, 5. Muscatine 3,072, 6. Dubuque Hempstead 3,012, 7. Waukee 2,998, 8. Cedar Rapids Prairie 2,945.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (two-game series) — 1. Zach Bianchi (SEP) 504, 2. Lucas Kramer (Marshalltown) 479, 3. Tyler McCumsey (North) 478, 4. Ryan Gregory (SEP) 473, 5. Cameron Borst (Waukee) 466. 10. Tristan Corcoran (West) 440.

WEST — Corcoran 226-214 — 440, Michael Buehner 232-184 — 416, Dalton Draeger 194-210 — 404, J.P. Richmond 217-184 — 401, Holman 205-192 — 397, Andrew Turner 170-224 — 394.


TEAM STANDINGS — 1. Cedar Rapids Prairie 3,103, 2. Muscatine 3,004, 3. Dubuque Senior 2,796, 4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 2,755, 5. Waterloo West 2,620, 6. Johnston 2,581, 7. Des Moines Lincoln 2,530, 8. West Des Moines Valley 2,425.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS — 1. Natalie Leach (Hempstead) 495, 2. Mikayla Hite (Prairie) 473, 3. Kayla Maurer (Muscatine) 460, 4. Gabi Evans (Muscatine) 433, 5. Ashley Sundstrom (Muscatine) 430.

WEST — Marissa Gates 189-195 — 384, Kira Gilbert 191-170 — 361, Kayley Fangman 194-159 — 353, Rachel Bass 168-165 — 333, Cady Alcott 147-171 — 318, Emily Henry 169-138 — 307.


Sports Reporter

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