With a third-place finish at the Class 2A State Bowling Tournament in Waterloo, the Bobcats girls can count this year successful.
Not only did the Bobcats set a school record with the total they rolled (3,016), they put two bowlers on the all-tournament team. The two, Lanie Konzen and Sara Horsfield, are among three seniors on the team and ended their seasons just where they hoped to be.
Coach Larry Knipper, named Coach of the Year in the Mississippi Valley Conference, said, “We are going to miss our seniors, miss their leadership both on and off the lanes. They were so completely instrumental in our success this season. They will leave big shoes to fill.
“There were four key highlights to the season that I can name: winning the conference title, and districts, placing third at state and that record total. Not bad for the year, I would say.”
With three seniors leaving the program, Hannah Fangmann is the third, Knipper will still be in good shape next year. He has three returning starters in soph Kirsten Butcher, and juniors Ceci Daly and Sam Neuses, as well as freshman Baylee Neyen, who entered the starting lineup later in the season.
Two other Neyen girls, juniors Brooklyn and Brenna, as well as Hannah Kluesner and freshman Addie Kress, saw action this season, giving Knipper some experience when looking at a lineup for next year. He also named Shelby Rice as one of the bowlers he will be looking to for improvement and team help.
Bowlers, with their high series and games, are: Konzen (502, 253), Horsfield (485, 265), Neuses (456, 257), Daly (436, 222), Butcher (417, 249), Baylee Neyen (412, 221), Kluesner (391, 265), Brooklyn Neyen (336, 188), Brenna Neyen (266,163), Fangmann (260, 132) and Kress (210, 106).