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Setting a high standard

Bowlers win team title at boys' state qualifying meet

In just its first year of having its own bowling program, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn has established a standard that other schools can only dream about.

The Hawks were the No. 1 team at the Class 1A state qualifying meet on Feb. 14 at Sanborn, sending them to the state bowling team meet at Waterloo. Their score of 2,869 total pins after a series of 15 Baker games was nearly 200 pins better than second-place Shenandoah with 2,689.

The other team scores were OABCIG 2,636, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2,548, North Iowa 2,081 and Pocahontas Area 1,222 (only four bowlers).

H-M-S Baker game scores were 196, 167, 222, 175, 186, 179, 213, 268, 192, 164, 181, 201, 191, 155 and 179. The only other team with multiple scores of 200 or above was Shenandoah with two.

"Our competition included the defending state champion and other high-ranked stiff competition. However, the boys took on the challenge right out of the gate," said Hawk coach Julia Meyer. "The atmosphere was competitive yet the boys kept upbeat through the day and punched their ticket to state bowling with some of their best games of the season."

Sophomore Jack Mastbergen also punched his ticket to compete in the state individual meet at Waterloo. He was the top individual bowler at the qualifying meet based on his three-game series pin total.

"We're happy for Jack who shot a tremendous 700 series, with a high game of 275," Meyer said.

Mastbergen also rolled games of 248 and 177.

The next three bowlers, Maddox Muston of Sergeant Bluff-Luton (663), and Alex Razee (633) and Gunner Stiener (584) of Shenandoah, also qualified to compete in the state individual meet.

Other individual game and series scores for the Hawks were: Marcus Aaron, 206-179-196, 581; Dawson Niichel, 205-142-198, 545; Riley Russell, 161-188-192, 541; Drew Prins, 160-172-200, 532; and Skyler Shaffer, 202-176-134, 512.

H-M-S had the most 200 games (six) while Shenandoah had five.

The Hawks bowled in the 1A state team meet on Monday and Mastbergen competed in the individual on Tuesday. Results will be reported next week.