The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) will vote Wednesday (Jan. 10) on a proposal which will decide if high school bowling will continue.
The plan will determine if high school bowling finally becomes a sanctioned sport by the NSAA. If the proposal passes, high school bowling will become an official sport for the 2019-2020 school year. If it does not pass, high school bowling will no longer be supported by the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation, whose sole mission was to get bowling recognized as an NSAA varsity sport. The NHSBF currently administers high school bowling.
The NSBF, formed in 2002, has held 16 state high school bowling tournaments.
The fate of high school bowling needs help from bowlers, parents, grandparents and friends to help move this forward through the NSAA. Call your high school administrators and request that they vote in favor of Proposal B, which will determine the future of high school bowling.
State champions of this year's high school bowling tourneys included the Lincoln Northeast High School boys and (Class A) and the Waverly High School girls (Class B). Their photos appeared in the Dec. 23 Neighborhood Extra. Following is a summary of the other classes:
Class A Girls
Fremont (#1 seed) won its second girls crown by defeating Grand Island (#3 seed) 3-1. Losing the first game 162-146, Fremont won the next three (172-162, 171-161, 190-169). Fremont was led by Katelyn Hill, the Class A singles champion with a 597, during qualifying. Fremont defeated Lincoln Southeast 3-1, again winning the last three after losing game one. In the semifinals, Fremont bested Lincoln Pius X 3-0. Grand Island defeated both Scottsbluff-Gering and Columbus 3-1 to reach the finals. Audrianna Earnest of Grand Island was the singles runner-up with 555.
Class B Boys
Seward (#1 seed) and Gretna (#7 seed) faced off for the Class B championship. After a 14-year drought, Seward won their second state championship 3-0 (189-170, 162-154, 173-154). This is the first year since 2009 that a Class B boys final did not include either Lincoln Pius X or Hastings. Seward defeated Roncalli 3-2 and Waverly 3-2 to reach the final. Gretna, the seventh seed among eight teams, defeated Hastings 3-1 (#2 seed) and Lexington 3-0 (#6 seed). Seward, led by Chase Prochnow in the finals, managed to avoid splits and converted their spares. Michael Brandt of Aurora was Class B singles champion with a 540, with William Gage of York runner-up with a 537.
Class C Boys
Top-seeded North Bend’s domination of Class C continued with a 3-0 win against Burwell-Ord (#3 seed, 213-170, 267-181, 199-140). North Bend’s fifth consecutive championship set a record for most consecutive championships. Their road to the final was through Norfolk Catholic 3-0 and Chase County 3-0, while Burwell-Ord defeated Hartington CC/HNPS 3-0 and Boone Central 3-1. Coach Randy Dodge was asked if he would consider his team a dynasty, and he emphatically said he does not like the word because these wins are because of their practice regime and consistency. Colton Mitties, North Bend was the singles champion with 573 and teammate Connor Schleuter was runner-up with 523.
Class C Girls
First-year girls’ program Broken Bow (#1 seed) won the Class C championship by defeating Burwell-Ord (#3 seed) 3-1 (161-143, 199-169, 119-164, 132-118). Broken Bow was led by Ryan Nielsen and Chloe Herman, they competed on the boys team last year. With the success of the team last year, runner-up to North Bend, the girls were able to recruit enough bowlers to compete in the girls’ division this year, which caused the boys to find additional players. Broken Bow dispatched Norfolk Catholic 3-2 and Adams Central 3-0; Burwell-Ord defeated Wisner-Pilger 3-1 and Hartington CC 3-2. Ryan (Hastings) and Chloe (Midland) will compete against each other next year in college. Brittani Pospisil, Hartington CC/HNPS/CR was singles champion with 538; Ryan Nielsen was runner-up with 506.
Class D Boys
Class D only had four teams this year due to the move of the season from the winter to the fall. Ravenna (#1 seed) and Plainview (#3 seed) met in the Class D championship. Ravenna having lost the first game, won the next three (188-137, 167-151, 157-137) for its second championship. They were led by singles champion Ethan Russell with a score of 526. Ravenna defeated McCool Junction 3-2 and Plainview defeated Hastings St. Cecilia 3-0. The singles runner-up was Kevin DeLoera, Hastings St. Cecilia with 496.
Class D Girls
Ravenna (#1 seed) also won the boys championship by also defeating Plainview (#3 seed) 3-1 (116-85, 110-177, 172-115, 122-120). This was the Ravenna boys' first state championship. Ravenna defeated Hastings St. Cecilia 3-0 and Plainview defeated McCool Junction 3-2 to earn berths in the finals. Ravenna was led by singles champion Joslin Cole with 444. Kim Huettner of Plainview was runner-up with 439.