Anderson 18th for Dodgers

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Kaleb Anderson of Fort Dodge bowl during Class 2A Districts on Tuesday at Ridgewood Lanes

DES MOINES — Fort Dodge freshman Kaleb Anderson had a strong debut in the state tournament.

Anderson finished 18th in the field. The Fort Dodge freshman bowled a 176, which was 22 pins under his average. He followed that up with a 234.

His grand total of 410, was only two points behind Zach Butcher (412) of Western Dubuque.

“His plant foot was sticking (in the first game),” said Fort Dodge head coach Don Ervin. “Once we got that corrected, he was doing much better.

“He got rid of the butterflies and lined back up again. We had him move over half a board and a little to the left.”

Oskaloosa sophomore Dylan Van Wyk took home the individual title with a 525 series. In his second game of the day, Van Wyk just missed perfection, rolling a 299. Van Wyk had a nine on his final ball.

In his first game, Van Wyk had a 226.

Brock Larson of North Scott (514) was second with a 279 and 235. Jaxson Coble of Ottumwa (513) and Drew Nadermann of Western Dubuque (513) were tied for third. Alec Reseland of Urbandale (505) was fifth and the last bowler to roll over a 500 series.

Western Dubuque (3,160) was the Class 2A team champion, followed by Ottumwa (3,135), Keokuk (3,087), Council Bluffs TJ (3,019) and Waverly-Shell Rock (2,998) were in the Top-5.

North Scott (2,986), Urbandale (2,981) and Le Mars (2,678) rounded out the state qualifiers.

With Anderson having a strong rookie season, Ervin is looking forward to the next three.

“It’s nice to see him get down here as a freshman,” Ervin said. “Now he has three more years to work harder and move up the ladder as he goes.

“The best thing about him is that he is a great good. He gets good grades and he can bowl. His ability will take him far in athletics and academics.”