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Bowlers put a bow on another big year

Alexandria's Lily Hjelle and her helper on the lanes, Justin Hanson-Simmons, bowl during a home meet at the Garden Center Lanes on April 6, 2018. Hjelle bowled the most 400 series scores in the PI Division for the Cardinals this season and was also part of the second-place team at state with Matt Senstad, Alex Eggert and Ross Minnerath. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)1 / 5
Daunte Houck2 / 5
Daityn Thompson3 / 5
Domnick Goor4 / 5
Ty Burg5 / 5

The Alexandria adapted bowling team honored some of the athletes who helped this program to another big season on the lanes this spring.

Daityn Thompson was named the Cardinals' move improved player, while Daunte Houck earned the Most Dedicated Award. Performance awards also went to Dom Goor in the CI Division, Lily Hjelle in the PI Division and Ty Burg in the ASD Division as those three led Alexandria by posting the most 400 series scores in their fields.

Alexandria always seems to prove itself as one of the top teams in Minnesota, and this spring was no different as the Cardinals put together another big showing at the state tournament.

They sent everybody on their team to state through qualifying rounds. Once there, the Cardinals brought home some more hardware.

Junior Crystal Krohnfeldt saved her best for the biggest meet of the season as she bowled back-to-back personal-best games to win a CI singles championship for the girls with a 457.

Alexandria also had a couple of top-two finishes in the team divisions at state. The ASD team of Brendan Fuoss (473), Burg (414), Joe Mello (409) and Marcus Decker (389) were good from the get-go on their way to a title. They needed to be as they edged the second-place team from Mankato by a total of four pins.

The Cardinals also had a second-place team in the PI Division as Alex Eggert (437), Hjelle (404), Matt Senstad (385) and Ross Minnerath (332) combined for a 1,558.

The Alexandria PI Division team of (left to right) Matt Senstad, Alex Eggert and Lily Hjelle join head coach Wade Traphagen, along with Hjelle's helper on the lanes, Justin Hanson-Simmons with their second-place trophy. Ross Minnerath was also apart of the team but was not able to be at the tournament as they took 75 percent of his average to get his score. (Submitted photo)

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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