Dodger girls win tourney

DES MOINES – The Fort Dodge girls bowling squad won their first CIC tournament championship in impressive fashion on Thursday.

The Dodgers stayed unbeaten on the season and captured the team championship by more than 400 pins. The Dodger boys finished eighth.

“My feet haven’t touched the ground,” said Fort Dodge head coach Don Ervin. “The girls have been wanting this and fought all the way through.

“The frosting on the cake was all of the girls getting in the Top-10, especially Ciara placing second.”

Fort Dodge placed three girls in the Top-10 as they totaled 3,063 team points.

Ciara Sturm was second in the individual race with a 471. Michaela Spaulding (433) was fourth and Allison Birnbaum (402) was sixth.

Christina Hemann (390) nearly cracked the Top-10 in the 11th spot. Shelby Jacobson (358) and Samantha Witte (295) rounded out the Dodgers’ scoring.

Chase Messerly (468) finished eighth in the individual standings for the boys. Also competing for FDSH were Alex Markov (389), Drew Hansen (379), Austin Graves (361), Justice McNeil (339) and Seth Hanson (314).

“The bright spot for the boys was Justice,” Ervin said. “It was his first varsity match and bowled really well.”

The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday when they host a state-qualifying meet.