Lady Vike bowlers runner-up at state

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team finished runner-up at the Indiana girls' bowling team state finals at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Lady Vikings fell in the championship match to Lafayette Jefferson, 366-342.

Huntington North started the day off hot, rolling a 1,049 to take the lead, but cooled off after that, tossing an 867 to fall to third. The team threw Baker games of 181, 193, 194, 138 and 143 to squeak into the stepladder finals by 24 pins, in the fourth and final qualifying spot.

The Lady Vikes got back on track in the first match, pasting Noblesville, 445-362, to set up a rematch with the squad that beat them at semi-state, Lake Central. Against the Lady Indians, Huntington North got payback, winning 400-363 to secure a spot in the title match.

After the team finished 10th at the state finals last season, senior Lauren Smart is satisfied by its follow up performance.

"This was my second year going and last year we didn't perform like we know we can as a team and this year we really did well," she says. "So, it was really cool to just function as a team like that and perform like we did."

Smart also competed in the individual state finals, shooting a 567 to finish 12th.

"I didn't do as well in the individual as I would have like to, but I ended up 12th in the state, so that's pretty cool," she says. "Just to be there my senior year and experience that was really neat."