Lorna Niedert rolls a shot during her second-place finish individually at the state tournament, Feb. 25. She had a 473 series.

Another successful bowling season came to an end Feb. 25 at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo for the West Delaware girls’ bowling team. The squad qualified for the state tournament a week prior, snagging an at-large bid, and ended up finishing third overall in the state. The Hawks were only behind Waterloo East 3,058 and Keokuk 2,957.

“I thought the season as a whole went pretty much as expected,” coach Ken Boesenberg said. “We returned four seniors which made up the core of our lineup. Like everyone else, we had a goal to make it to the State Tournament and viewed the regular season as prep for achieving that goal.”

Senior Lorna Niedert also brought home some hardware as she finished second in the state with a 473 series, behind Waterloo East’s Abigail Williams.

The team had many other highlights throughout the year aside from their State performance. They had higher scores than some of the top teams in the state at their district meet including No. 3 LeMars, No. 5 Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, No. 6 Fort Dodge, No. 7 Cedar Rapids Xavier and No. 11 Waverly-Shell Rock. One of their more impressive feats this season was capturing the Cedar Rapids Prairie Baker Tournament championship.

“During that long day, we defeated the top seeds in Louisa-Muscatine and Cedar Rapids Jefferson. What was significant about that Louisa win was that they went on to capture their fourth- straight Class 1A State Championship,” Boesenberg said.

A big chunk of the Hawks’ foundation will be graduating later this spring, Lacey Cole, Kaliah Griffin, Hannah Axline and Niedert.

“This group meant an awful lot to this year’s team,” Boesenberg said. “They provided the leadership needed to help guide the younger members of the team. They were very helpful both during practice sessions and meet situations with their knowledge and experience. There was great leadership all year long by this group.”

Kyleigh Marsden, Alexus Riley, Lydia Heims, Kaley Pettlon, Regan Recker, Kennedy Rees, Katelyn Scott and Madison Shontz will all be returning next year with varsity experience.

“The future here at West Delaware looks bright,” Boesenberg said. “There were a number of younger kids that made an impact throughout the year. As they continue to grow in the sport, they are going to be very successful in the years to come. The team will be rather young next season, but will have a good mix of upperclassmen to help show the way.”

West Delaware’s varsity bowlers with their averages, high game and high series: Axline 193.7, 259, 450; Cole 169.6, 215 and 408; Griffin 153.4, 202 and 386; Marsden 161.4, 214 and 395; Niedert 182.6, 266 and 447; and Riley 146.2, 174 and 307.