Bearcat bowlers finish season at state

Junior Kennita Moore warms up for state bowling.

After a very competitive district competition, nine Kearney High Bowlers competed in the State Bowling Tournament Sat., Feb. 11 and Sun., Feb. 12 in Lincoln.

Districts were held in Omaha in the Maplewood Lanes against Columbus, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln Northeast. Coach Robbie Samuelson said,  “They have one shot to make it [to state], and on a bad day, it’s hard to do that.”

On the girls’ side, the whole team received the wildcard and competed in the team division. Senior Nicolette Warnke and juniors Jordan Samuelson and Nicole Cool were top ten in the singles division at districts and, competed separately in the singles division.

The boys’ team, however, did not all qualify. Senior Dylan Krings and junior Micah Huyser placed in the top ten at districts, which earned them a spot at the State Tournament. Junior Jared Malooley, whose season ended at districts, said, “Bowling is a really chill sport. We had a lot of fun and got a lot better.”

At State, the girls won against Lincoln Northeast after losing the first game in a roll off to come back and win the series. Samuelson says this was the first time they had ever competed in a roll off. Freshman Tiana Engen placed fourth and Warkne placed third. Overall, the team placed second behind Lincoln North Star. Samuelon said about the boys, “They may not have bowled like they wanted to, but it’s a pretty big accomplishment to make it to state.”