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Peshtigo Girls Bowling Team Headed to State Tournament
Issue Date: February 20, 2020
For the second consecutive season, the Peshtigo High School girls bowling team will be headed to the State Bowling Tournament March 6-8 in Wausau. The current season saw a couple of firsts for the club, as they will head to Wausau with an undefeated record and a conference title.
The lady Bulldogs finished with an 11-0 record, beating all teams in the Green Bay Area Bowling Conference. Leading the way on the Varsity starting five with a marking percentage record of 72% was senior Rachel Chaney. Chaney, who has bowled all four years with the girls squad, was also instrumental in getting the program started four years ago. She was one of a few female players that wanted to bowl through high school, and wanted to get an all-girls squad organized.
This year's team averaged a score of 161 throughout conference play, with a high single team game of 254. One of the highlights of this season play was a win over the Bay Port Pirates.
According to Coach Tony Strublic, that win was key "Our team has always set a goal to beat the best team in the conference, and Bay Port has always had a tradition of being the best. We had yet to beat them with our girl's team, and this year was a huge step forward by accomplishing that. It gave us a tremendous confidence boost for the remainder of the season."
The state varsity squad consists of seniors Autumn Macejak and Rachel Chaney, junior Trinity Ries, sophomores Katelyn Lewis and Morgan Nicklaus, and freshman Beverly Bloch and Brenna Fischer. The team is coached by Tony Strublic and DJ Chaney.
"We are so proud of what this team has accomplished. They set their sights high and have always worked hard at wanting to not only make the State Tournament, but winning it and bringing home a title to Peshtigo. This year's team has a great chance to do it," Strublic added.
This season also saw sophomore Travis Lund qualify for individual competition at the State Tournament. Lund finished the season with an 84% marking percentage, qualifying him in the top seven spots in the conference bound for State. His season saw two matches in which he had no open frames in the 18 total frames bowled. This will be his first individual appearance, as he had previously bowled last season on the Boys State team squad, which just narrowly missed qualifying again this year.
Competition this year will be held at Dale's Weston Lanes in Wausau, March 6-8. Singles bowling will take place first on Friday afternoon, with a 3 game set bowled. The top 25% of those bowlers will bowl three games again Saturday evening, with the top five players advancing to Sunday's finals. Team competition will begin Friday night, with 15 Baker-style games bowled. Squads from Division I and Division II bowling Friday and Saturday will determine the top five. There is a roll off with teams three, four and five Saturday evening to see who advances to Sundays finals against the first and second place qualifiers. For more information on the tournament, visit bowlwi.com/high-school-bowling-club.