Adapted bowlers punch ticket to State

Ashley Novak, who took second with 402 pins in the girls singles PI division, was a member of the Viking team that tied for first place against Fergus Falls. Photo by Greg Hunt

Ashley Novak, who took second with 402 pins in the girls singles PI division, was a member of the Viking team that tied for first place against Fergus Falls. Photo by Greg Hunt

The North Branch adapted bowling team has completed its regular season and is headed for the State championships.

On May 3 the team competed against Fergus Falls at JJ’s Bowling Lanes in North Branch.

The CI (cognitive impairment) team, with members Jade Anderson, Chad Bauman, Dakota Burgeson, Joy Edyvean and Ashley Novak, scored 1,516 to tie their opponents.

In CI boy singles Burgeson scored a 371 and Bauman, a 362, while being uncontested.

In the girls division Novak took second with 402 pins; Anderson, fourth (374); Edyvean, fifth (369) and Cheyenne Underdahl came in sixth with 338.

Charles Otto won the boys PI (physical impairment) division by rolling a 374.

For the girls Chelsea Knutson racked up 437 pins; Tayler Dyrda, 421 and Alana Stahley, 378, while being uncontested.

“Something happened in this match that hasn’t happened before in my tenure as coach,” coach John Grund said. “We tied with them. The CI teams had the exact same pin count. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a PI team or any PI girls bowlers.”

Last Friday the PI team tallied up 1,566 pins, while Anoka totaled 1,672.

Knutson took second place in girls singles with 409 points, while Dyrda was fourth (403) and Stahley fifth (374). Charles Otto placed third in boys singles with 380.

The CI team knocked down 1,502 pins to Anoka’s 1,796 pins.

Burgeson came in fifth (392), and Bauman tied for eighth (381) in boys singles.

In girls singles Edyvean placed 11th (365); Novak, 12th (364); Underdahl, 13th (359) and Anderson 14th (351).

“We did a good job against Anoka, which has a team of 35 bowlers compared to our team of 10,” Grund said.`

The Viking adapted bowling teams will be competing at the State championships at Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17.

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