Girls claim 10th at state bowling finals

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team finished 10th at the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette.

After several comebacks in regional and semi-state, the Lady Vikings couldn't come back from their start at finals. In the first game, Huntington North rolled a team game of 770 and was in 10th place of the 12 teams at finals. In that game, freshman Mackenzie Faurote led the Lady Vikings with a score of 166, followed by junior Lauren Smart's 159, junior Ashley Clark's 156, junior Megan Manes' 145 and junior Alex Rittenhouse's 144.

In game two, Huntington North continued to struggle to find the line as they rolled a 720. Rittenhouse had the high game of 184 followed by Smart's 150 and Faurote's 128. Senior Susanna Vining and Clark combined for a 123 and sophomore Kaitlyn Conley and Manes combined for a 135. Their 1,490 two-game total dropped them to 11th going into Baker play. Only the top four teams after two regular team games and five Baker games would compete in stepladder finals to determine the state champion.

In Baker the Lady Vikings came alive and once again tried to make a comeback with games of 185-183-171-178-197 for a 916 Baker total. It was the highest five Baker game score of any team at the finals but was not enough this time and a total state finals qualifying score of 2,406 placed Huntington North 10th.

"I am very proud of each and every one of these young ladies," said Head Coach Stacey Bischoff. "Even though we struggled through the first two games, they didn't quit and showed that during Baker.

"They are a young team and made a great run and making it to the state finals is a great accomplishment."

Boone Grove defeated Lake Central on the last ball the 10th frame of the final Baker claim to claim the girls' title.