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Strong finish to initial bowling season

H-M-S girls place 3rd at state qualifying meet

A third-place finish at the 1A state qualifying meet brought the initial season of girls' bowling at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn to a conclusion. The meet was held Feb. 13 at Locomotion Lanes at Sanborn.

Shenandoah was the team champion with 2,436 total pins after a series of 15 Baker games. The win qualified them to advance to the state meet.

OABCIG finished second with 1,971. H-M-S was just 21 pins behind (1,950) in third place. The other competing teams were North Iowa with 1,767 and Pocahontas Area with 1,731.

The Hawks' Baker game scores were 117, 116, 110, 142, 134, 175, 104, 160, 107, 135, 143, 122, 112, 126 and 147.

They were followed by a three-game series to determine qualifiers for the state individual tournament. Qualifiers from the Sanborn site were Sophia Hagen of North Iowa (546), and Shenandoah bowlers Jaylan Gray (529), Hannah Stearns (521) and Taylor Davis (514).

Individual and series scores for H-M-S were Meghan Larson, 134-139-163, 436; Jordan Lux, 131-140-140, 411; Destiny Olvera, 117-118-168, 403; Lexi Croatt, 103-123-112, 338; Keyanna Brower, 100-92-109, 301; and Annika Overmire, 123-83-81, 287.

"Our girls did their best but were unable to stop the Shenandoah team in the Baker games and individual games," said Hawk coach Julia Meyer. "As this was our first year, we got a taste of what a fun yet competitive atmosphere the qualifying day is like. It was a learning experience. I am very proud of the girls and their effort, and think we will be better prepared next season."

The only senior on the first girls' bowling team at H-M-S is Destiny Olvera.