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Fort Dodge boys take 5th at state bowling tournament

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Carson Werning placed 12th for the Fort Dodge boys bowling team at the state meet in Waterloo on Wednesday.

WATERLOO — The Fort Dodge boys bowling team turned in a fifth-place performance on Wednesday at Cadillac Lanes.

The Dodgers rolled a 3,127 total. Clinton was the team champion at 3,409.

“We didn’t bowl poorly — I just felt like we underperformed,” said FDSH head coach Nick Vinson. “We gave it everything we had. I just know some of them felt like they didn’t bowl as well as they could have.

“We stuck a lot of pins. We threw pocket balls, and just stuck them.”

Urbandale (3,199) was second, followed by Cedar Rapids Xavier (3,197) and Ottumwa (3,146).

“Clinton wasn’t getting caught by anybody. They were on fire,” Vinson said. “Everyone else was just bowling for second.”

Senior Brady Graves (440) was 11th to lead the Dodgers. Graves had games of 212 and 228.

“Brady was really solid,” Vinson said. “He was around the pocket after starting slow and it was fun to watch. He had a really strong day.”

Sophomore Carson Werning (432) took 12th to place right behind Graves. Werning recorded games of 202 and 230.

“Carson had a plan and it was fun to watch him execute it,” Vinson said. “Carson and Brady were all around the pocket and rock-solid in Bakers.

“They were disappointed they didn’t get to walk up and get medals (Top-10).”

Four-time state qualifier and defending champion Kaleb Anderson was also over 400. Anderson rolled a 406 with games of 237 and 169.

Junior Christian Miller had a 400. He had a high game of 226 to go along with a 174.

Senior Kyle Davis, who was a district runner-up, had a 356 total with games of 149 and 207. Mitchell Bolton had a 136-181–317.

“Kaleb threw some good balls, he just had trouble sticking the 10 pin,” Vinson said. “Overall we did well — we just felt we left some pins out there.”

It was the final time bowling for Dodger seniors Graves, Anderson, Davis and Bolton.

“This is a tough group to lose,” Vinson said. “They’re a really solid group of kids. Carson and Christian are great guys to have back after being with this senior group. They are not guys you replace immediately.

“They set the tone for our team moving forward. They were part of the culture that started to shift the narrative of not just coming out to have fun, but to have fun, make the state tournament and compete for titles.”

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