Decorah Viking bowling teams split with Waverly-Shell Rock on Senior Night at Oneota Lanes

Posted: Fri, Feb 7, 2020 5:03 PM
Decorah senior Maddie Putnam watches as her ball hits the pins during Friday night's match (photos by's own Dirk Umbanhowar)

The Decorah Viking boys bowling team beat Waverly-Shell Rock, 2,955 to 2,765, on Friday evening to finish its regular season at 7 and 3, while the girls bowling team dropped a very close 2,448 to 2,461 decision to Waverly to end at 8 and 2, tied with Waverly and Charles City.

In the boys game at Oneota Lanes, three Vikings scored above 400--Keagan Einck with 426, Mason Hill with 412 and Luke Iverson with a 409.

"We're starting to gel as a team," said head coach Keith Bruening.  He promised, "We will be a factor at Districts."

The junior varsity boys improved to 9-1 on the season, with a 2,423 to 2,205 victory over Waverly.  The Vikings were led by Karter Einck with a 401.  The boys on the junior varsity team have been 38-2 over the past four years.

On the girls side, the Vikings left a lot of pins on the lanes, but still nearly beat Waverly.  The Viking girls were led by Grace Gerleman with a 352, Lexi Hauber with a 338, Alexis Svestka with a 328 and Katherine Bruening with a 317.

The girls junior varsity ended a perfect 10 and 0 season with a 2,117 to 2,075 win over Waverly.  Annika Lensch had a 315, Paige Lange had a 304 and Rebecca Bruening rolled a 298.

District competition will be held Tuesday, February 18th at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, with berths at the State Tournament on the line.

Viking bowler Tyler Thompson looks on as he finishes his follow through
Alexis Susteka's ball connects directly with the pins
Decorah's Breydon Johnson watches himself complete a spare during Friday's contest
Audrey Casterton waits for her ball to come back in anticipation of her second bowl