Boone Central’s girls bowling team put the finishing touch on a terrific season this past weekend, rolling to a runner-up finish in the 2017 Nebraska High School Bowling Federation State Tournament at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln.
The Cardinal bowlers culminated two days of competition battling Adams Central in the Class C championship match Sunday, which will be broadcast Feb. 19 on NET (8 a.m.).
The state tournament began Saturday with the eight qualifying teams bowling four games for bracket seeding. The teams then faced off in head-to-head ‘Baker’ elimination series’ Saturday and Sunday to determine the state champion.
Boone Central bowled a cumulative total of 2,233 in the four qualifying games to earn the top bracket seed and had three bowlers place among the Top 10 individuals in Class C.
That performance put Boone Central in a great position as top seed, facing #8 Kearney in the first round of the bracketed elimination round. That portion of the tournament was contested with the ‘Baker’ format, best of five games with the four bowlers in each team’s lining alternating in rotation for each shot.
“We swept Kearney Catholic, with no game below a 130. Next was our rival Norfolk Catholic. Another three-and-out that sealed the deal for Sunday’s finals,” Grosch said. “We were going to be on TV to battle for first place, something Boone Central had never done before in bowling!”
Boone Central’s winning scores vs. Kearney Catholic were 130-111, 151-116, 155, 81, followed by the win over Norfolk Catholic by scores of 152-138, 149-116, 130-90.
It was lights, cameras, action Sunday, as Boone Central squared off against a tough Adams Central squad. Both teams were up to the task, with deserving performances, the Patriots taking the championship 3-0 by tallies of 162-133, 156-150, 152-137.
“With our usual baker lineup of April, Beth, Nicole and Emilie, we bowled three solid games – scores that would normally grant us wins,” Grosch noted. “But, everything was falling in Adams Central’s favor. I could tell our girls were a little nervous, with all the lights and the cameras rolling. I thought they did an awesome job, and I couldn’t be more proud of them and their performance.”
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