Hanson 3rd, FD boys 7th at state bowling

DES MOINES – The Fort Dodge boys bowling team placed seventh in the Class 2A state meet here Tuesday at Plaza Lanes.

The Dodgers rolled a 2,797 total score. Urbandale (3,026) and Waverly-Shell Rock (3,020) led the way.

Junior Seth Hanson of FDSH finished third individually, posting games of 233 and 234 for a 467 series.

”I’m just very proud of the guys,” Dodger head coach Don Ervin said. ”They were a little down afterward, but I tried to put things into perspective for them. Two months ago, I didn’t think there was any chance we would be (at state). They worked hard and put it all together at the right time.

”This was a big accomplishment for Seth, the program and our school. He’s turned into a real leader down the stretch of the season. We told him that he was going to be a team captain next year, and he really stepped up even more than he had been before. This is a great momentum builder for his (senior campaign).”

Senior Austin Graves (176-187-363), sophomore Ethan Graves (167-192-359), freshman Jared Jacobson (166-144-310), junior Tristan Earnest (160-114-274) and senior Justus McNeil (112-121-233) were the other participants for the Dodgers, who were coming off a district championship last week.

This year’s state appearance for the Fort Dodge boys was the sixth in the past seventh seasons. Last winter, the Dodger boys earned the school’s first state title since the 1988 basketball crown.

”Everything came together at the right time to get back,” Ervin said. ”We lose some pieces from this group, but we have some more talent coming up through the ranks.”

Denison-Schleswig’s Nick Miller (251-254-505) and Jacob Mellott (241-239-480) of Urbandale were first and second overall.

On the girls side, FDSH junior Megan Patrick (186-201-387) settled for 10th individually in 2A, while senior Christina Hemann (172-187-359) came in 17 overall.

Waterloo East’s Leah Frost (290-210-500) took home top honors for the girls.

In the team race, Waterloo East (3,071) and Ottumwa (2,863) paced the field.