Vinton-Shellsburg traveled to Manchester Jan. 3 for a match up on the lanes with the Hawks’ girls’ bowling team. This was West Delaware’s first meet since the Christmas break, and they shot above their average to defeat the Vikings 2,552-2,468.

Lacey Cole came into the meet with a 180.5 single game average and rolled a 408 series with games of 215-193. She was followed by Hannah Axline 360 (192-168), Lorna Niedert 321 (140-181), Kyleigh Marsden 314 (153-161) and Kaley Pettlon 289 (150-139). Kaliah Griffin’s 277 (133-144) was not counted.

“The girls shot alright,” coach Ken Boesenberg said. “You expect that the first meet after Christmas will not have high scores. But a win is a win.”

The Hawks took a 52-pin lead into the second round of the meet.

West Delaware had a pretty good baker games round as they shot games of 116, 199, 195, 167 and 183 for 860. The Vikings shot games of 151, 159, 158, 180 and 180, but that 828 total was not enough.

A better score was in store for the Hawks the next day, Jan. 4, at the Louisa Muscatine Invitational. Out of 13 teams, West Delaware finished fifth with a team score of 2,617. Niedert shot a team high 447 (266-181). She was followed by Axline 393 (151-242), Pettlon 313 (161-152), Griffin 306 (136-170) and Cole 304 (148-156). Marsden shot a 285 (124-161), but it was not counted.

“We left a lot on the deck,” Boesenberg said, “but I am happy with our scores. Neidert tied for first, and some of the top teams in the state were there.”

The top ranked teams in 1A and 2A both competed along with three other top five teams in 1A. This tournament was formatted just like the district and state meets. It provides good experience for these teams.

“I want to see our mental toughness get better,” Boesenberg said. “A lot of the kids throw a good shot, leave a tough split and fold. We always concentrate on our focus, but not having great carry can pull down a bowler.”