By Mike Helle
The Journal Express
The Knoxville girls’ bowling team was one of (10) Class A schools that qualified for Monday’s state bowling tournament.
The Panthers placed seventh overall. Keokuk won the class A title with a team score of 2,926. They were followed by North Scott 2,901, Central DeWitt 2,734, Camanche 2,644, Western Dubuque 2,622, Denison-Schleswig 2,607, Knoxville 2,420, Waverly-Shell Rock 2,416, Creston 2,330, and Harlan 2,227.
Knoxville was led by Mackenzie McCarty who had a two game total of 381. Other Panthers and their scores included, Jordan Beaver 351, Megan Landsperger 314, Jocelyn Beaver 314, Hunter McCullough 271, and Haley Short 188.
“The girls did a very good job at the state tournament,” commented coach Matt Lopez. “We had some girls struggle with the oil patterns on the lanes, but they kept their heads up and kept working at it. We entered the tournament in seventh place and that is where we finished. Mackenzie finished 15th overall in the individual standings.”
Lopez went on to give thanks to some special supporters. “This concludes our bowling season. I need to thank Fairlane Bowl and Brad and Pam Palmer for allowing the high school teams to use the lanes free of charge. Without their generous donation there is a good chance that we wouldn’t have a bowling team.”
Coach Lopez will return his top three bowlers from the state meet and looks forward to a return trip to state in 2015.