Otter bowlers stay tied, go 2-1 at WadenaPublished 7:34am Monday, October 8, 2012
WADENA — Close competition remains the norm as the top three teams in the MHSB West-Central Conference (North) all went 2-1 at Saturday’s meet in Wadena. Fergus Falls and Wadena go into the last regular season meet with 11-4 records, with Detroit Lakes right behind at 10-5.
Varsity match one, against Detroit Lakes, came down to the last game,and saw the Otter bowlers come up short, dropping the match 2-3. Arnold Bolland led the team with a 90 percent fill rate. Wyatt Swanson was second at 80 percent. Match two was a 4-1 win against Perham/Underwood. Emma Devorak set the pace at 82 percent, with Mary Gettel at 80 percent. Match three was a bye/league contest, with the Otters cruising to a 4-1 win to remain tied for the conference lead. Gettel was high fill percentage at 90 percent, with Devorak and Bolland at 80 percent.
The Otter JV1 team swept the day to take over sole possession of first place in the JV conference. Match one was a 4-1 victory over New York Mills. Hunter Christenson filled at 90 percent. Match two, against conference co-leader Detroit Lakes, started out with a loss in game one, followed by three straight wins to capture the match, and the conference lead. Christenson led the way again with 92 percent. Match three was against an undermanned Fergus Falls JV2 team, with JV1 sweeping the set 5-0. Dylan Huffman was high fill percentage at 80 percent, with Dan Anderson and Christenson at 70 percent.
Bowling with just four players, JV2 lost all three matches, but did have some outstanding individual performances. Jacob Halvorson filled 72 percent in match one. Halvorson again led in match two with 80 percent, with Casey Thom at 75 percent, and Jaden Blondeau with 70 percent. Levi Danielson was high fill percentage in match three at 70 percent. Coach Luke Loeffler said, “Our program is growing, and when we made the decision to add another full team, we knew it was a possibility that we may come up shorthanded at some point.” Coach Dean Paulson added, “The young guys took one for the program today, and we were very impressed with their effort and positive attitude.”
The final regular season meet will be at Detroit Lakes on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.