Cherokee boys pin down State bowling berth
Dodd paces Braves to 1A District Substate title
Seven boys teams and six girls teams competed for a State Tournament berth at the Class 1A District Substate High School Qualifying Bowling Tournament at the Cherokee Bowl Tuesday.
Schools competing were Cherokee Washington High, Le Mars, West Sioux, MMC-RU, OA-BCIG, Denison-Schleswig and Sioux Central.
A very large crowd made for a very exciting tournament filled with energy and enthusiasm.
On the girls side, eventual champion Denison-Schleswig came out with some very solid play in the first round, setting the bar high by shooting a two-game team total of 1652, followed by LeMars with a 1450, and Cherokee having a good outing with a young squad shooting a 1369.
Moving into the second round of Team style Baker bowling saw Denison-Schleswig continue to dominate with solid Baker games shooting a 5-game total of 833, followed by MMC-RU 757, and LeMars 703.
The Cherokee girls had an outstanding showing even though they are not advancing to the State finals. "They had some great team success that we will build on for next season as we will have five returning starters as Danni Roethler is our lone senior on the the team," noted Cherokee coach Tim Gaydo.
Other team members for Cherokee are freshman Amanda VanRoekel, and sophomores Emily Brewer, Rebeca Fajardo, Skyla Harger and Bailey Gaydo.
"I just want to say what an honor it has been to be able to coach this team, they have excelled every step of the way and I can't wait for next season," said Gaydo.
The Denison-Schleswig girls won the District team title and High individual medal winner was Nicole Dahleen from Denison-Schleswig. They will be headed to Des Moines for State Tournament Finals at Plaza Lanes Monday, February 24th with action starting at 10:00 a.m.
"On the boys side we saw some very tightly matched teams for some exciting team action which did not disappoint the large turnout of spectators and fans," explained Gaydo.
The battle for a State tournament did not disappoint anyone in attendance as all the teams came out throwing some good first games. As the first round continued there was an apparent battle ensuing between Denison-Schleswig, Le Mars, and Cherokee.
The Braves did not let the pressure change their game plan as they continually put some great numbers up by covering their spares and throwing a nice double or turkey in for good measure.
Cherokee came out with a slight edge after the first round with only 53 pins separating the top three teams. Top team scores after the first round were Cherokee 1792, Denison-Schleswig 1764, and LeMars 1739.
Heading into the second round of team style Baker bowling the excitement didn't stop as the Braves slowly pulled away with some excellent team play. At the end of the second round Cherokee was on top by a fair margin and clinched a State Tournament berth by winning the District tournament with a combined total of 2652, followed by LeMars 2562, and Denison-Schleswig 2524.
"Our boys performed with a fierce drive as I had given them some inspiration before our competition began," said Gaydo. "They took it to heart and brought a win to Cherokee and a spot at the State Tournament for themselves."
On the way to victory, senior Nate Dodd, who has been a very steady player all season, became the overall individual medal winner with his 2-game total of 424 which also qualified for the State Tournament.
Other members of the Braves' State-bound team are senior Aaron Boisen, junior Caleb Smith, sophomore Derrick Stowell, freshman Garret Mallory, and junior Connor Voge.
"We also had a great support squad in place with our JV boys consisting of Miguel Salazar, Alexx Maurer, Tyler Ebel, Levi Murphy, Justin Kellen, Brenten Bargloff, and Dax Johanson.
The Cherokee boys finished the regular season with a 7-1 record and #4 State 1A ranking.