Adapted Bowling: Cardinals gain state experience with young core
Alexandria adapted bowling coach Wade Traphagen knew the path through the state tournament was going to be a little tougher for his bowlers after graduating eight experienced seniors from last year’s team. With many new faces making their first trip to the state tournament in Brooklyn Park Friday afternoon, Traphagen was happy to see some success.
“I thought they bowled really well,” he said. “The older kids led by example. They showed them how to handle the moment of bowling at the state tournament. Overall, I thought we had a good day.”
The Cardinals sent 19 bowlers to the metro area and came away with several top five finishes. Lizzie Floden took second in the ASD girls singles division (432). Right behind her was Mercedes Nelson in fourth place with a score of 404. The ASD team of Marcus Decker, Floden, Ty Berg and Evan Larson finished in fifth place (1557). Jenica Bostock also took fifth in the CI girls division with a score of 440.
“I didn’t expect to have so many of us be able to make the trip and to bowl so well before the season,” Traphagen said of expectations coming into this spring. “I thought all of them did a great job and it was a really good experience. Top four in each division got medals and we had a few get fifth. I didn’t expect this finish at the beginning of the year.”
Traphagen was also happy to see a larger turnout from other schools. The growth of adapted bowling in schools throughout the state has meant that the athletes now have to qualify for the state tournament through a region tournament.
“It seems like more and more schools are represented each year,” he said. “We put some of our bowlers into different team and doubles divisions to get as many as we could in there. It’s really good to see the field growing. More and more kids from around the state are getting opportunities. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Cardinals saw five seniors bowl their last game in the black and red jerseys on Friday. Traphagen saw them go out on a positive note.
“They knew it was their last meet and I think they rose to the occasion,” he said. “They’ve grown a lot over the years and it’ll be sad to see them go. I think the younger kids learned a lot from them.”
ALEXANDRIA STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS
ASD GIRLS SINGLES- 2nd- Lizzie Floden 432; 4th- Mercedes Nelson 404
ASD BOYS SINGLES- 39th- Marcus Decker 371l; 41st- Joe Mello 356; 44th- Ty Berg 320
ASD TEAM- 5th- Marcus Decker-Lizzie Floden-Ty Burg-EvanLarson 1,557
CI BOYS SINGLES- 23rd- Logan Usher 373
CI GIRLS SINGLES- 5th- Jenica Bostock 440
CI TEAM- 8th- Liam Olson-Elton Gruber-Dalin Reiter- Jett Thurston 1601; 16th- Zechariah Davison-Trenton Tuey-Carson Snitker-Robert Goor 1555
PI GIRLS SINGLES- 32nd- Grace Johannes 180
PI DOUBLES- 5th- Matt Senstad-Alex Eggert 872