Vikings boys and girls bowling teams take on Charles City in home opener

Posted: Fri, Jan 10, 2020 5:03 PM
Decorah's Keegan Eirick (center) is congratulated by his teammates after nearly bowling a perfect game on Friday afternoon (photos taken by's own Dirk Umbanhowar)

The Decorah Viking girls bowling team is now 5-1 on the season after defeating Charles City 2,456 to 2,419 Friday evening in Decorah.  The win is the first-ever victory for the Viking girls over Charles City.

Leading the Vikings were seniors Maddie Putnam (355) and Katherine Bruening (327).  Lexie Hauber rolled a 317, Alexis Svestka had a 294, Rebecca Bruening had a 288, as did Audrey Casterton.

"We were thrilled to beat a class program like Charles City," said head coach Keith Bruening, adding, "The girls had a goal and they made it happen."

The Viking junior varsity girls team moved to 6-0 with a 1,977 to 1,809 over the Charles City junior varisty.  Grace Gerleman bowled a 291.

The Decorah Viking boys bowling team had its highest score of the year--but that wasn't enough to beat Charles City, which beat the Vikings, 3,166 to 2,842.  Said Bruening, "They are probably one of the top two or three teams in Iowa."  He added, "I'm happy with the results...some days you just get beat!"

Leading the Vikings were Keagan Einck (466) and Luke Iverson (433).  Tyler Thompson rolled a 387, Justin Redenius had a 346, Breydon Johnson had a 319 and Jackson Rollins bowled a 301.

The boys junior varsity lost 2,548 to 2,503 to Charles City.  Emmit Stemper rolled a 416 and Tyler Shediner had a 373.

The Viking junior varsity bowlers will again take on Charles City at 4:00 p.m. Monday in Charles City.  The varsity and junior varsity will compete against Tripoli next Friday.

Lexie Hauber stares down her shot as it approaches the pins
Jackson Rollins leans left with his ball following a shot attempt on Friday afternoon
Justin Redenius releases a shot during Friday's action
Decorah's Alexis Svestka lines up her shot while teammate Katherine Bruening looks on at hers