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North Star bowling champs

The winning North Star bowling team.

As the weather becomes colder, the bowling season begins to heat up.

Many local tournaments have been held in recent weeks, starting with the High School Star City Open at Sun Valley Lanes. Teams from South Dakota and Nebraska competed with 16 boys’ teams and 15 girls’ teams. Qualifying involved four individual games with the top 12 teams' scores in each division advancing to a double elimination match play round.

The boys' division leading qualifier was eventual champion Lincoln North Star with 3,463 pins. The Waverly boys received the 12th playoff spot by 29 pins over Lincoln East. Other area finalists were Pius X (4th), Lincoln Northeast (5th) and Waverly (9th-12th).

North Star was undefeated until the championship match against Hastings, and in the double-elimination format, Hastings would have to beat North Star twice to win. Hastings won the first match 3-2, forcing a second and final match. North Star wasted little time in defeating Hastings 3-0 to win the championship (187-157, 175-169, 157-145).

Winning the boys' individual championship was Cole Macaluso from Fremont with a 207 average. Isaac Skalak of North Star beat teammate Jacob Rohn by two pins to place second. Also in the top 10 was AJ Punteney, Pius X (6th).

On the girls' side, Sioux Falls West led the qualifying with a 2,993 total, then defeated Waverly #1 in the championship, with the Hastings girls garnering the 12th spot with 2,471.

Other area finalists were Lincoln East and Lincoln Southwest (9th-12th) and Lincoln Southeast (7th). Sioux Falls repeated North Star's road to the championship by having to win one match in the finals against Waverly. The Waverly girls stepped up to defeat Sioux Falls in the first match (3-0), but were unable to hold the momentum and lost 3-1 (158-160, 139-133, 181-150, 199-143).

The girls’ individual championship was won by Macy Anderson of Harrisburg, South Dakota, by six pins over Brooklyn Gagnon of Sioux Falls South. Finishing in the top 10 were Brynna Madison, Lincoln High (3rd); Katrina Kendle, Lincoln East (8th); and McKenna Prater, Lincoln Southeast (9th).

Women’s City Tournament

The 2018-2019 Women’s City Tournament crowned new champions this year at Hollywood Bowl. In the Handicap Team Event, Split Decision (Paula Kirchner, Virgie Smith, Twila Sperry and Marie Mogis) won with a score of 2,570. Scratch team was shared by two teams, GDDA (Kelsey Dunkle, Emily Weers, Alicia Kreatz and April Dunkle) and Dolls With Balls (Britany Porter, Brooklyne Smart, Jen Miseno and Julia Bond).

In the Doubles, Megan and Anthia Salmen won Handicap with 1,365. Scratch champions were Alysa Smith and Stephanie Bonebright. Pat Lemke was the Singles Handicap champion with 723. The All Events and Singles Scratch champion was Julia Bond with a score of 2,024 and 697.

Joe Tomsu Memorial

The 20th annual Joe Tomsu Memorial Over/Under was held in Council Bluffs. The tournament format is five games of qualifying with the top 16 bowlers in the Over and Under divisions qualifying for the finals. The Under division is for bowlers under 50 with the Over being bowlers 50 and over. This year’s champion was a familiar name in bowling, Rick Miller. He paired with Mitch Hupe to win $1,250 each. Also cashing in from Lincoln was Mike Cigelman with $215.

Bud Light

Miller, after winning the Tomsu tournament the previous weekend, continued his torrid pace in the Bud Light. He was second in the qualifying (61 bowlers) at the Bud Light at Sun Valley Lanes, but then dominated the finals in winning the championship by 283 pins. Miller averaged 225 in the six-game qualifying, trailing only Sean Rangel’s 237 average.

Miller continued his consistent play in the finals by averaging 226 with a 6-2 record to leave little doubt as to who the champion would be. The next-highest average in the finals was 199 by third place finisher Sean Mason. Nick Pate, while averaging only 194 in the finals, finished in second place. Rick won $1,500 for first with Pate garnering $750. Also making the finals was Mark Porter (7th) for $275. Other Lincoln cashers: Kristi Rosberg $162.50 (tie 10th), Julia Bond $140 (12th) and Ethan Schmidt $110 (15th).

Lincoln Open Tournament coming

The 2018-2019 Lincoln Open Tournament will start Jan. 26 and end Feb. 3. The team event will be held at Hollywood with Doubles and Singles at Parkway. Entry blanks will be available soon at the local bowling centers. Entry closing deadline is Jan. 19.

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