Bowling champions are crowned

Young bowlers took to the lanes in May for the Minnesota State High School League’s adapted bowling tournament. Team and individual champions were crowned in the ASD, CI and PI divisions. 

The May 13 event marked the first time since 2019 that an in-person bowling tournament was held. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tournament was held virtually, with bowlers competing at their home lanes and then reporting scores. 

Bowlero in Brooklyn Park hosted 483 participants, with 265 of those bowlers from schools in Greater Minnesota. Singles, doubles and team championships were awarded in the three division. 

In the ASD Division, Goodhue County cruised to the team championship with a combined 1,691 pins. Team members are juniors Jesse Mosser and Tyler Troolin, and seniors Karter Bradford and Cody Bergeson. Alexandria took second place with 1,621 and defending champion Tartan was third at 1,595. 

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton freshman Hannah Petersen and St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson sophomore Ashlee Miller shared the girls’ individual championship. The two are cousins, keeping the shared title in the family. Both finished with a two-game score of 452 pins. 

Fergus Falls seventh grader Lily Maanum was third with 443 and Mankato West junior Ilhan Gabri was one pin back in fourth place. Mankato East seventh grader Alyssa Wilder rounded out the top five with a score of 442. 

Anoka-Hennepin eighth grader Isaac Mwebi captured the boys’ individual singles crown with a score of 521 pins. St. Paul Como Park junior Connor Tester was runner-up with 469 and Anoka-Hennepin senior Carter Knutson was third at 443. Austin sophomore Alejandro Lemus was fourth at 440 and St. Michael-Albertville senior Nick Hoefner was four pins back for fifth with a 436. XXX 

The Anoka-Hennepin duo of freshman Matthew Olson and seventh grader Benjamin Buruelle rolled their way to a state doubles championship with a combined score of 928. The East Grand Forks team of junior Evan Meulebroeck and senior Sam Pulrabek were the runners-up with a score of 913. St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson was third with 896 behind sophomore Ashley Miller and freshman Caleb Westphal. 

The ASD division is for athletes on the autism spectrum.  

In the closest of the team races, Minneapolis Edison recorded a narrow three-pin victory over Mankato East for the CI Division crown. The Tommies compiled a winning score of 1,688 pins to the 1,685 for the Cougars. Scoring for Minneapolis Edison were senior Charlie Barnes, junior Jazmyn Mendez, sophomore Nick Staloch and freshman Linda Sue Anderson. Tartan placed third with 1,632. 

Cambridge-Isanti freshman Isabelle Bishop rolled to the girls’ singles championship with a two-game score of 462. Anoka-Hennepin eighth grader Ann Fherlish Constantino was the runner-up at 446 and Cambridge-Isanti junior Chelsey Stork was third with a 442. Anoka-Hennepin freshman Chloe Bosley and Mankato West freshman Shanit Esters tied for fourth, each compiling a score of 441. 

Tyler Wilson, a senior at Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial topped the field in the boys’ singles competition with a two-game score of 474. That was 22 pins better than St. Paul Como Park sophomore Darrell Omwena, who was runner-up with 452. It was a tight race for third place with four bowlers finishing within three pins of one another. Cambridge-Isanti senior James Chapman was third at 448, Goodhue County seventh grader Trey Verge was fourth at 446 and Pine Island eighth grader Joey Halverson and St. Paul Como Park senior Matthew Torgerson tied for fifth with a score of 445. 

Anoka-Hennepin grabbed the top two spots in the doubles division. Eighth-grader Ann Fherlish Constantin teamed with senior Dylan Kitzmiller to roll a combined score of 897 to win the title. Teammates Joel Wambeng, a seventh grader, and junior Jacob Lor teamed for a runner-up total of 863. Mankato East seniors Wren Eccles and Julio Esquivel placed third with an 852. 

The CI division is for athletes with cognitive disabilities. 

The Moorhead Spuds won the PI Division crown, with 1,766 pins. Scoring for the Spuds were senior Julia Lehrer and Amy Lambrecht, sophomore Gabe Oye and seventh grader Calvin Grefsheim. Tartan was the runner-up with 1,648 and Albany placed third with 1,583. 

St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson eighth grader Kallie Brovold emerged as the state champion in the girls’ singles competition with a two-game score of 470. Austin teammates finished in the next two spots led by junior Lupita Carrion with a score of 437 for runner-up honors and seventh-grader Ella Riley with a 427 for the third-place medal. St. Paul Humboldt freshman Beyonce Cruz Duron was fourth with a 424, and six pins back, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton/Waseca junior Destiny Woitas and St. Paul Humboldt junior Asher Vieau tied for fifth place. 

Anoka-Hennepin seventh grader Patrick Casterlin captured the boys’ singles title by edging Dassel-Cokato freshman Charlee Harris by one pin, 440-439. Winona eighth grader Alex Windley-Daoust was third at 432, five in front of St. Paul Open World junior Marshal Buck, who placed fourth at 427. New London-Spicer sophomore McGwire Hatlestad was fifth with a score of 421. 

St. Paul Humboldt’s Beyonce Cruz Duron, a freshman, and junior Asher Vieau, cruised to the doubles championship with a two-game combined score of 929. Moorhead’s Gabe Oye, a sophomore, and seventh grader Calvin Grefsheim were second at 893. Austin junior Lupita Carrion and sophomore Diana Mendoza Hernandez placed third with a score of 874. Carrion won top honors in girls’ singles last year. 

The PI Division is for students with physical disabilities. 

In June adapted softball and the track and field championships complete the 2021-2022 prep adapted sports competitions in Minnesota.