Local students bowl over competition in state tournament

Several local students representing Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids and Spring Lake Park high schools competed in the 13th state adapted bowling tournament May 18 at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie.

Spring Lake Park bowler Neha Siddiqui took home fifth place with a score of 401 in the 2012 PI division girls’ state adapted bowling tournament staged May 18 at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie.

Spring Lake Park bowler Neha Siddiqui took home fifth place with a score of 401 in the 2012 PI division girls’ state adapted bowling tournament staged May 18 at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie.

Spring Lake Park student Neha Siddiqui took fifth place in the 2012 PI division girls’ state adapted bowling tournament singles division.

Rules of the game

Boys’ or girls’ singles, doubles and team competitions are offered for athletes in each of two divisions – CI for athletes with cognitive impairments and PI for athletes with physical or health impairments.

Doubles pairs and teams may be co-ed. There is no limit on the number of bowlers who can compete in the various categories of competition. For example, a school could have 20 participants in singles competition, or five or six doubles teams, and more than one team from a school or co-op can participate in the same division. However, one individual athlete cannot participate in all three categories.

In adapted bowling, two games constitute a match. There are no tiebreakers during the state tournament.

A handicap is generated from a scratch score in the tournament since participants do not compete against everyone. The score of 200 is used with everyone’s handicap being figured by the following formula: 200 minus player’s average times 90 percent equals handicap. The average comprises only competitive games bowled and is updated after every match.

Some rules have been adapted to accommodate athletes with disabilities. For example, a PI athlete may use a ramp for placement and release of the ball, or a retractable-handle ball. PI athletes in wheel chairs using ramps may also bowl three consecutive frames between turns.

Adapted bowling is one of four sports the Minnesota State High School League sponsors for athletes with disabilities and the first that allows for competition among individuals.

Adapted soccer takes place in the fall, adapted floor hockey in the winter and adapted softball in the spring.

2012 CI Division results

Girls’ singles (place followed by name and school):

8. Elena Chamberlain, Blaine

9. Mackenzie Twedt, Anoka

19. Ashley Schwab, Spring Lake Park

25 (tie). Melissa Domeier, Andover, and Anna Vensland, Anoka

31. Makenzie Brenk, Blaine

41. Killi Eide, Anoka

43. Alyssa Hannan, Anoka

47. Jasmine Gomez, Coon Rapids

51. Marissa Carlstrom, Blaine

54. Allison Wold, Andover

63. Sage Daniels, Spring Lake Park

Boys’ singles (place followed by name and school):

4. Jericho Frost, Blaine

8. John Merriam, Coon Rapids

11. Taylor Michurski, Blaine

16. Logan Sande, Blaine

20 (tie). Spencer Sieber, Anoka, and Kyle Peterson, Spring Lake Park

25 (tie). Aaron Neu and Jacob McMahon, both Andover

28. Robert Perkins, Coon Rapids

37. Troy Quesnell, Blaine

54. Kyle Connolly, Andover

57. Brian Rodriquez, Spring Lake Park

62. Tommy Beaupre, Spring Lake Park

79. Brock Shepard, Blaine

89. Jason Flakne, Spring Lake Park

91. Jesse Moinicken, Andover

95. Tyler Engel, Spring Lake Park

97. James Johnson, Coon Rapids

Doubles (place followed by school and team member’s names):

7. Andover (Melissa Domeier and Allison Wold)

12. Coon Rapids (Robert Perkins and James Johnson)

19. Coon Rapids (Josie Schreder and John Merriam

22. Andover (Hannah Johnson and Aaron Neu)

23. Blaine (Makenzie Brenk and Elena Chamberlain)

31. Andover (Jesse Moinicken and Jacob McMahon)

34. Coon Rapids (Melinda Fuller and Jasmine Gomez

37 (tie). Anoka (Alyssa Hannan and Mackenzie Twedt) and Blaine (Marissa Carlstrom and Brock Shepard)

45. Blaine (Logan Sande and Mikayla Carlson)

67. Anoka (Killi Eide and Anna Vensland)

2012 PI Division results

Girls’ singles (place followed by name and school):

5. Neha Siddiqui, Spring Lake Park

17. Rachel Price, Andover

21. Hanna Maslowski, Spring Lake Park

Boys’ singles (place followed by name and school):

12. Matthew Price, Andover

23. Tyler Mashuga, Anoka

37. Alec Wellman, Coon Rapids

Doubles (place followed by school and team members’ names):

26. Andover (Matthew Price and Rachel Price)

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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