FD boys back at state bowling

For the fourth time in the past five years, the Fort Dodge boys bowling team is headed back to state.

The Dodgers claimed top honors at a Class 2A regional tournament Tuesday at Ridgewood Lanes, rolling a total score of 3,100. Sioux City North (2,915) was next in line.

Junior Chase Messerly (225-237-462) finished as an individual runner-up for FDSH. Classmates Drew Hansen (231-212-443) and Alex Markov (186-225-411) were third and eighth, respectively, for the Dodgers.

Sioux City North’s Tanner Hansel (243-247-490) secured the title.

Other Fort Dodge participants were Seth Hanson (202-178-380), Austin Graves (159-171-330) and Justus McNeil (159-142-301).

“Frankly I thought both of our teams would make it, but it was just one of those crazy days,” said FDSH head coach Don Ervin. “Everything came together for the boys, and it was just the opposite for the girls.”

Allison Birnbaum, a senior, qualified individually for the Dodger girls with a runner-up showing (211-246-457).

Christina Hemann (202-179-381), Shelby Jacobson (174-163-337), Ciara Sturm (171-164-335), Samantha Witte (130-182-312) and Michaela Spaulding (129-170-299) rounded out Fort Dodge’s lineup.

As a team, the Dodger girls – who were unbeaten in the regular season – fired a 2,683. Mason City (2,856) was the winner. Rebecca Broerman (239-269-508) of the Mohawks was the individual champion.

“We were neck-and-neck with Mason City at the end of Baker’s, but then (the Mohawks) broke loose on us,” Ervin said. “Even though I think we shot our lowest total of the year, our season was still a success.”

State competition will be held Monday and Tuesday at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Action begins at 10:20 a.m.