CEDAR RAPIDS — One of the most balanced state bowling qualifiers could be the Class 3A boys’ meet Tuesday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.
Three Metro schools — Jefferson, Kennedy and Prairie — along with Cedar Falls are in the meet. The winner will earn a trip to next week’s state meet at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo.
State qualifying meets for boys and girls are scheduled around the state Tuesday in three classes. Each winner, plus the runner-up team with the highest score, will advance to state. Individually, the seven champions, plus the next best five scores and ties statewide also advance.
Prairie Coach Don Willfong believes his Hawks will have to be at their best to advance. Prairie finished 8-3 in the regular season, including a win over Cedar Falls (7-3) that came in a roll off after the two teams finished tied. Cedar Falls brings the best team average (204.7) and Baker-game average (207.8) into the state qualifier. Prairie and Cedar Rapids Jefferson (7-4) have 198 team averages while the host school, Kennedy (4-7), has a 188.9 average.
“The boys tournament is going to be a free-for-all,” Willfong said. “Kennedy has the lowest average, but has the best score (3,005) of any of the four at (the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center).”
Jefferson senior Bryce Donner is the top-ranked individual among the four teams. He has a 22-game average of 211.6 with a high game of 268. Junior Matt Vanem leads Cedar Falls with a 211.4 average. Junior Shawn Wille is Prairie’s top bowler at 208.1, the same average held by Kennedy’s leader, senior Maxwell Hiatt.
“This is anybody’s tournament to win,” Willfong said. “We will have to bowl smart and cover our spares if we want to win.”
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In other 3A boys qualifiers, Iowa City West’s Corey Roth, who has the top average (227) among 3A bowlers, is the favorite to win the individual title at Maple Lanes in Waterloo where the Trojans will compete against City High, Waterloo West and Mason City.
Defending state 1A team champion West Delaware (6-3) will compete at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque. The Hawks will be challenged by a Maquoketa (12-3) team that has a team match average of 2,937, third-best in 1A, just ahead of West Delaware’s 2,916 mark.
Unbeaten Decorah (10-0) is a big favorite to advance, playing at its home facility, Oneota Lanes. The Vikings average better than 3,000 per match as a team, tops among 1A schools.
Among the girls, Prairie is a big favorite to advance to state. The Hawks (10-1) have the best team average in 3A at 2,979 and have three of the top four individuals in senior Mikayla Hite (223.7), junior Ashley Sundstrom (218.7) and senior Jade Klinefelter (206.4).
DISTRICT BOWLING ASSIGNMENTS
At Waterloo, Maple Lanes
Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Mason City, Waterloo West, 1 p.m.
At Cedar Rapids Bowling Center
Cedar Falls, C.R. Jefferson, C.R. Kennedy, C.R. Prairie, 2 p.m.
At Muscatine, Rose Bowl
C.R. Washington (girls only), Davenport Central, Davenport North, Muscatine, Pleasant Valley (boys only), 12 p.m.
At Marshalltown, Wayword Social
Ankeny, Johnston, Linn-Mar, Marshalltown, 1 p.m.
At Fort Dodge, Ridgewood Lanes
Fort Dodge, Independence, Waverly Shell-Rock, Waterloo East, 10 a.m.
At Clinton, Plaza Bowl
Burlington, C.R. Washington (boys only), Clinton, Pleasant Valley (girls only), Western Dubuque, 1 p.m.
At Mount Pleasant, Iris Bowling Center
C.R. Xavier, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, North Scott, 11 a.m.
At Decorah, Oneota Lanes
Charles City, Decorah, Denver, North Fayette Valley, Sumner-Fredericksburg
Tripoli, Waukon. Girls 10 a.m., Boys 2 p.m.
At Dubuque, Cherry Lanes
Camanche, Cascade, Dubuque Wahlert, Isaac Newton Academy, Oelwein, West Delaware, Waterloo Columbus, 10 a.m.
At Maquoketa, Timber Lanes
Bellevue, DeWitt Central, Durant, Maquoketa, Marion, Monticello, 10 a.m.
At Muscatine, Rose Bowl
Davis County, Fairfield, Louisa-Muscatine, Pella Christian, Sigourney, Vinton-Shellsburg, Washington, 12 p.m.