The top two Decorah Viking bowlers for boys and girls competed in the Northeast Iowa Individual Conference Tournament on Saturday at Maple Lanes in Waterloo. The bowlers each bowled three games to be seeded in a finals competition.
Michael Bruening bowled a 279, 212, and 247 (738) and was seeded first out of eight bowlers. In the first round Bruening bowled a 227, beating Devon Pint of Oelwein 216. In the second round Bruening lost to Zach Denton of Waverly 245-279.
Tyler Vande Lune bowled a 193, 214, and 172 (579) finishing ninth, just missing the finals competition.
"My two kids bowled great. It was very, very tough competition. These were elite kids in Northeast Iowa. It was quite an honor for Michael to be seeded #1. Michael was tough all day, almost bowled a perfect game," commented coach Keith Bruening.
For the girls, Maddie Putnam bowled a 139, 140, and 168 (447) putting her in 11th place out of 24 bowlers.
Kacie Henry bowled a 129, 144, and 148 (421) putting her in 13th place out of 24.
Coach Bruening said, "The girls bowled against the best in Northeast Iowa. I was very, very happy with my two girls. There was lots of pressure and they handled it great. Maddie Putnam will be back next year and Kacie Henry will have great memories."
The boys and girls varsity team will compete in district competition on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at Oneota Lanes, in Decorah. Other teams competing to qualify for State competition are Charles City, Denver, North Fayette Valley, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Tripoli, and Waukon.