Viking bowlers win State Champion Runner-up
By Victoria Dahlin
For the second consecutive year the North Branch adapted bowling PI (physical impairment) team won State Champion Runner-up with individuals earning medals in the State Adapted Bowling Championships.
The PI team accumulated 1644 points to place ahead of St. Paul Highland Park (1630), Simley/Inver Grove Heights (1609), Albany (1538), Minneapolis South (1498) and St. Paul Highland Park (1427) while only behind only St. Paul Humboldt (1710) at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie last Friday.
Alana Stahley led the team with 425 pins, while Chelsea Knutson totaled up 422, Tayler Dyrdra 408 and Iman Omar 389 to get the team’s second runner-up trophy.
In PI doubles Knutson racked up 448 and Dyrda 371 for a total of 819 to earn a place on the podium with a third place finish, while Omar (443) and Charles Otto (357) combined for 800 to finish seventh.
Stahley finished with a tally of 417 pins to earn a fourth place medal in the girls PI singles championships, while Otto placed 26th with a pin count of 359 in the boys PI singles competition.
In the team CI (cognitive impairment) championships Matt Rogers (396), Trevor Klein (348), Aaron Wahlstrom (385) and Matt Winberg (393) combined for a score of 1522 to place 10th in the state.
Winberg (316) and Wahlstrom (434) totaled 750 to come in 33rd in CI doubles; Cheyenne Underdahl (333) and Jade Anderson (409) added 742 to finish 43rd; and Rogers (366) and Ashley Novak (361) scored 727 to finish 51st.
Novak racked up 405 and just missed medaling by placing 11th in girls CI singles, while Anderson came in 35th (376) and Underdahl 57th (351). In the boys division Klein scored 356 to place 76th.
“I knew our PI team could compete against any team in the state and they proved me right today,” said Coach John Grund.
“These girls did awesome in every match this year. Their high finish at State wasn’t so much of a surprise, as it was well deserved. Skol Vikings,” he added.