Cascade bowlers traveled to Cobra Lanes, Feb. 7, for a meet with the Camanche Indians. The Cougars came into this match averaging 2,357 on the season. They shot 400 pins above that mark, but still lost 3,152-2,769.
Ray Martin was high with a 441 series (222-219). Isaac Hogan 422 (216-206), Sam Noonan 359 (202-157), Nolan Frasher 308 (153-155) and Zach Green 280 (156-124) also contributed to the total. Jared Weber’s 271 (158-113) was not counted.
A good bakers round kept Cascade in the meet for a while, but Camanche pulled through in the long run. The Cougars had games of 154, 216, 237, 152 and 200 for a 959 while the Indians added games of 215, 213, 192, 185 and 207 for a 1,012.
Cascade’s girl bowlers had the same fate as the boys losing 2,581-1,965.
Erin Knipper led the Cougars with a 331 (176-155). She was followed by Halle Keenlance 255 (109-146), Emma Cram 242 (114-128), Maddie Manternach 239 (117-122) and Nicole Finzel 231 (117-114). Ella Madsen rolled a 190 (100-90) which was not counted. Baker games were also in favor of Camanche as they had an 846 to the Cougars’ 667.
This was Cascade’s final home meet of the season, but coach Larry Knipper credits his kids with dealing with some tough issues this season.
“Unfortunately,” he said, “we did not have a senior night for our bowlers this year. It has not been the easiest year for these kids with traveling out of town to practice and then having to bowl their home meets in different venues.”
He was very happy with the efforts of his team this season, though.
“I could not be prouder of this group of boys and girls for giving me their all when they were there,” Knipper said.
Cascade only has two more meets left on the season. The first one is Feb. 13, at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids for the Conference Tournament. The Cougars’ State Qualifying Meet will be at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Feb. 18.