North Suburban Thunder and Lightning girls’ bowling teams stormed into the Minnesota state girls’ bowling tournament April 21.
Rolling down the lanes at Park Grove Bowl, Thunder and Lightning team members “had a good showing” in the state tournament and in the All-Conference tournament, said Paul Dudley, North Suburban girls’ bowling coach.
The Thunder team, after claiming Metro North Conference tournament championship and finishing the regular season in first place, tied for fourth in pool play at the state tournament with the top four teams from each pool moving on to the bracket round.
After bowling through two tiebreaker games, the Thunder team was eliminated from the competition.
“This was a great showing for a group that consisted of two seniors and four seventh-graders,” said Dudley.
While Thunder played in the state team tournament, five of their six bowlers were named to the All-Conference team. Two Lighting bowlers were also named to the All-Conference team, and so all together the two North Suburban bowling teams provided seven of the 16 All-Conference bowlers.
Four of those All-Conference bowlers were first team and three were second team, and all of them played in the April 22 All-Conference Tournament, Dudley said.
Listed here are the Thunder and Lightning team members and honors they received.
North Suburban Thunder
• Angela Ehne, grade 12, Anoka High School, First Team All-Conference
• Michelle Ehne, grade 12, Anoka High School, First Team All-Conference
• Cassidy Courey, grade seven, Jackson Middle School, First Team All-Conference
• Allyson Dudley, grade seven, Oak View Middle School, Second Team All-Conference
• Regina Morin, grade seven, Northdale Middle School, Second Team All-Conference
• Rachel Dahlin, grade seven, Oak View Middle School
North Suburban Lightning
• Brianna Wesloh, grade eight, Roosevelt Middle School, First Team All-Conference
• Brianna Klitzke, grade nine, Blaine High School, Second Team All-Conference
• Morgan Nelson, grade eight, Northdale Middle School
• Cassandra Cluts, grade nine, Spring Lake Park High School
• Samantha Sweno, grade nine, Spring Lake Park High School
• Jamie Cable, grade eight, Coon Rapids Middle School
About girls’ Minnesota high school bowling
Girls’ Minnesota high school bowling is a club sport administered by the Bowling Proprietors Association of Minnesota and is governed by a set of rules that have been modeled after those of the Minnesota State High School League.
Last year (2011) was the inaugural season of girls’ Minnesota high school bowling, and girls in grades seven through 12 are eligible to participate.
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]