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State Bowling: Ottumwa Girls Win Again, Ottumwa Boys 2nd, Osky’s Van Wyk Takes Individual Title

By Jason Van Arkel, February 22, 2018

Whether it’s Des Moines or Waterloo, Plaza Lanes or Cadillac Lanes, the city and the venue don’t matter. For the second year in a row, the Ottumwa girls bowlers are the state champions.

Ottumwa captured the 2018 Class 2A state bowling team championship on Thursday, in a tournament that was delayed two days because of inclement weather. Rolling at Waterloo’s Cadillac Lanes, the tournament’s temporary home after Des Moines’ Plaza Lanes was destroyed by fire in December, the Bulldogs claimed their fifth championship in team history. OHS held off second-place LeMars by 29 pins to earn the repeat, after winning the title in 2017. Individually, junior Kayla Davidson finished in 3rd place, just eight pins behind Sam Meade of Des Moines North.

In the boys tournament, Ottumwa finished as the state runner-up, just 25 pins behind champion Western Dubuque. OHS trailed by 83 pins after the individual games, but nearly made up the deficit in the five baker games. The Bulldogs finished 48 pins ahead of third-place Keokuk.

In the boys individual standings, Oskaloosa sophomore Dylan Van Wyk won with a two-game score of 525, including a second-game total of 299, missing a perfect game by a single pin. Ottumwa sophomore Jaxson Coble finished in a tie for third place with a 513 score.