Bowlers compete in conference, state qualifying matches

By Matt Bryant, The JOURNAL


The Demon bowling teams participated in the Southeast Conference tournament Saturday at Flamingo Lanes in Fairfield.

Both the boys and girls teams came away with fourth place finishes and put two on their respective all-conference teams.

The girls rolled a 1874 total, with Bailey Brown knocking down a 179-111 to total 290 and led the Demons. Taylor Janecek scored a 149-138 to total 287 and come in just behind Brown. Both girls earned second team all-conference honors.

Taylor Northup rolled a 252, Rylie Swart came in at 223, Trista Kelly a 217 and Dawsen Schluetter a 211 to round out Washington?s scoring. The Demons scored a 605 in the Baker Round.

Keokuk claimed the conference title with a 2514.

The Keokuk boys team also took home a conference championship out rolling everyone with a 2941. The Demon team of Keaton Zear, Drake Schluetter, Tucker Renoux and Dacota Miller combined for a 1684.

Zear led Washington with a 172-175 to total 347. Thirteen pins back was Schluetter with a consistent 165-169 to finish with 334. Zear finished ninth overall and Schluetter eleventh to earn second team all-conference honors.

Renoux knocked down a 290 and Miller a 185. They scored a 528 in the Baker.

?It was tough day on the lanes for our boys. They are battling a lot of fatigue from the season,? commented Washington boys Coach Chad Zear.

The bowlers next headed to Muscatine for the State Qualifying meet on Tuesday.

The girls were locked in a close match with Fairfield and Pella Christian, but none of them could catch Louisa-Muscatine who won the tournament with a 3128. Brown again set the tone for the Demons as she rolled a career high 202 game as part of a team 2162 and 3rd place finish.

No Washington bowler was able to make it through to State.

The boys averaged a 156 in the individual rounds but with a short roster were not able to crack into the qualifying spots.

Tucker Renoux rolled a high game 209 and high series 356 to lead the Demons to a combined score of 1784.

Louisa-Muscatine won the boys team race with a 2900.