Elkhart Lake runner-up in boys state bowling tourney

GREEN BAY – Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah earned runner-up honors in Division II boys team competition at the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Tournament here Friday through Sunday.

The Resorters finished first in the qualifying with a score of 3,375 for 15 games which advanced them to the championship match. Kewaskum won the state title with a 378-360 victory over Elkhart. The pin totals were for two games.

The members of the Resorter team include Clint Gumieny, Anthony Klahn, Ashley Klahn, Holly Zorn, Nate Kuchinski, Luke Pritzl and Cody Schmitt. The coaches are Dan Schmitt and Dave Suemnicht. Zorn was unable to compete due to a prior commitment.

“The key for us to place where we did was a great start, It is a momentum builder when you start out that good and then not let the bottom fall out at any point,” said coach Schmitt.

“We bowled 15 games of qualifying to end up the top seed. Our first five games we averaged 243 and after 10 games we were averaging 239.

“We fell off in the last five but still averaged 225 for 15 games. There was not one person that did not come with the attitude to bowl and win. If anyone faltered just the slightest bit, the next person picked them right up. That’s what you call a team effort.

“Was the team disappointed for not taking first, of course, but I think every one of these kids are very satisfied with our finish,” said Schmitt.

The top-five teams in the qualifying rounds for divisions I and II advance to the stepladder finals. The Plymouth and the PHS/Kiel boys and girls teams, respectively, competed in the Division II tourneys. The squads placed sixth in both tourneys’ qualifying – missing the stepladder finals by only one spot.

PHS totaled 3,067 pins in the boys event and the girls squad had 2,670. Burlington won the girls Division II crown.

Schmitt bowled in the boys singles event and took 30th in the qualifying round with a 657 series for three games. He didn’t advance to the semifinals.

Tiara Liebe and Rachel Anderson from the PHS/Kiel team competed in the girls singles event. Liebe finished 28th in qualifying with a 584 series and Anderson was 34th with 572, with neither bowler making the semifinals.

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