State bound

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

DES MOINES — For the 10th consecutive season, the Fort Dodge Senior High bowling program will be represented at the state tournament.

Neither Dodger team made the Class 2A field this time around, but freshman Kaleb Anderson punched his state ticket and will be in action on Thursday.

“Kaleb has progressed tremendously through the year,” said FDSH boys head coach Don Ervin. “He got better and better as the season went on. He practices a lot, and is really serious when he bowls.”

Anderson had his best day on the lanes in the regional tournament at Ridgewood Lanes. He had has season-high series of 463 to clinch the individual title.

“Kaleb earned every bit of it,” Ervin said. “It’s very important to see him qualify, and it’s my goal to get him there all four years.”

Anderson’s 463 qualifying average was second best of the individual qualifiers from 2A. Charlie Hart of Cedar Rapids Xavier entered as an individual qualifier at 467.

Anderson carries a 198.7 average, which is second highest on the squad. His best game during the season was a 235, and his highest series had been a 459. He totaled 2,782 total pins on the year.

Competing in the team field will be North Scott, Western Dubuque, Waverly-Shell Rock, Ottumwa, Keokuk, LeMars, Urbandale and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.

Action will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo.