Lady Viking bowlers place second at state tourney

The Lady Viking bowlers display their state runner-up hardware.
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The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team narrowly missed its third state title Saturday but still finished second at the Indiana High School Bowling State Championship.

The Lady Vikings, entering the stepladder competition in third place, beat the second and fourth-place teams but couldn't top No. 1 ranked Lake Central, falling 378-337.
High score among the two Baker games earns the title, and Lake Central edged the Lady Vikes, 196-179 and 182-158.

HNHS won its first game of stepladder competition among the top four teams, nipping Anderson by just one pin, 372-371, behind two Elizabeth Bischoff strikes in the 10th frame of the second Baker match. The Lady Vikings had less trouble with defending state champion Fort Wayne Snider in the second match, winning 463-401, to set up the final against Lake Central.

Huntington North rolled a 2,097 total in qualifying, scoring 1,094 in the first game and a 984 in the second. In the first game, Lesley Love rolled a 234, Brittany Notestine a 223, Tonya Crago a 221, Bischoff a 212 and Morgan Dafforn a 204. In the second game, Notestine hit another 223, followed by Dafforn with a 214, Bischoff a 191, Crago 182 and Love 174.

In the following Baker round, the Lady Vikings rolled games of 166-224-169-214-187 for a total of 960, and a qualifying total of 3,038, good for third place.

Additonal photo information: The Huntington North High School girls’ bowling team finished second at the state championship Saturday, Feb. 21, at Anderson. Team members are (front row from left) Elizabeth Bischoff, Eleni Newsome, Lesley Love, Morgan Dafforn and Tonya Crago and (back row from left) Head Coach Stacey Hebert, Manager Alex Rittenhouse, Ayla Yeiter, Brittany Notestine and Coach Mel Fruit Jr.