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Adapted bowling: Three thirds at state

Austin GaNun, who teamed with Abby Neal in the CI doubles division at the State Adapted Bowling Tournament last week, shared a third place finish with her. Along with the doubles team, the Cardinal bowlers also got a third place finish from Lily Hjelle and the PI team of Hjelle, Kari Berg, Stephen McCabe and Jack Botzet. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

A third place finish by Lily Hjelle in the PI Division singles, a third by PI Division team Hjelle, Kari Berg, Stephen McCabe and Jack Botzet, and a third from CI Division doubles team Austin GaNun and Abby Neal led the Cardinal adapted bowling team's performances at the state tournament Friday in Brooklyn Park.

"The team competed alongside 270 athletes from all around the state," said head coach Wade Traphagen. "Hopes were high heading into the day as the team finished the regular season by bowling their best games of the season.

"The hot streak continued as many of the bowlers posted season bests," he added.

Hjelle's third place came with a series score of 474, including a season-high game of 135.

Berg, who also finished 10th in the girls' PI Singles, had a score of 425.

In the boys' PI singles division, McCabe was seventh with a season-best series of 452.

"In the CI Doubles competition, the dynamic duo of Austin GaNun and Abby Neale took home third place and shattered their season bests with a score of 859," said Traphagen. "In the PI team competition, the team of Jack Botzet, Lily Hjelle, Stephen McCabe and Kari Berg placed third with a season best score of 1743.

"Although the team fell just short of winning the state title, the bowlers had the time of their lives and did an excellent job of representing the community of Alexandria.

"We would like to congratulate Patrick Takeda, our team captain and lone senior, for a terrific season and outstanding career," said his coach. "Patrick finished his career on a high note by recording a career best single game score (173) and series (470) during the CI team competition Friday. Thank you Patrick for your leadership this season and best of luck to you in the future!"

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SINGLES - Lily Hjelle, Alex, 3rd; Kari Berg, Alex, 10th; Stephen McCabe, Alex, 7th; Jack Botzet, Alex, 23rd.

TEAM - Alexandria (Hjelle, Berg, Botzet, McCabe) 3rd.


SINGLES - McKenzie Klimek, Alex, 25th; Tayler Mayer, Alex, 49th; Lariah Lien, Alex, 83rd; Jared Greene, Alex, 19th; Austin GaNun, Alex, 25th; Kacey Scharffbillig, Alex, 63rd; Ryan Frick, Alex, 84th; Robb Erlandson, Alex, 98th.

DOUBLES - Austin GaNun and Abby Neal, Alex, 3rd; Patrick Takeda and Matthew Froemming, Alex, 15th; Zac Long and Tyler Rauscher, Alex, 60th; Jared McDonogh and Dylan Timm, Alex, 63rd.

TEAM - Patrick Takeda, Matthew Froemming, Zac Long and Tyler Rauscher, Alex, 12th; Kacey Scharfbillig, Robb Erlandson, Jared Green and Jared McDonagh, Alex, 16th; McKenzi Klimek, Ryan Frick, Tayler Mayer and Dylan Timm, Alex, 26th.