The Knoxville Panther Bowling Team traveled to Pleasant Hill to compete in the Class 1A Substate Bowling Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Knoxville was close to qualifying for State as a team in both boys and girls action, but came up just short.

The Panthers weren’t totally shut out as Keagan McCarty rolled a two game series of 483 to earn an individual spot at the State Meet in Waterloo at Cadillac Lanes Monday, Feb. 24.

McCarty, a senior, had the high series at the Substate by 61 pins to easily earn the State berth.

McCarty’s games at Great Escape Lanes were a 214 and a 269.

Centerville earned the State berth with a 2,624 team score with Knoxville 27 pins behind in second at 2,597.

Knoxville scores for the day were 483 by McCarty, Kyler Reidel was next with a 380 series, followed by Blaise Hubler at 327, Donovan Binns at 320 and Deven Renard at 265.

Also bowling for KHS but not counting in the team total was Andy Funk at 256.

Reidel had a high game of 207 and Hubler’s high game was a 184.

McCarty, Hubler and Funk are all seniors on the Panther squad that competed at Substate. Reidel is a junior while Binns and Renard are both freshmen.

Varsity Girls

Panther Coach Shaun Renard stated, “The girls also had a close call but were edged out by Clarke by 42 pins.”

Clarke rolled a 2,077 team score and the Panthers were at 2,035.

Lily Cieslak shot high series of 304 for Knoxville while Saphyre McCombs shot a high game of 173. Raegan Cook was 6th in individuals while Cieslak finished the tournament in third place for individuals.

Odds and Ends

Centerville went on to finish 8th at the state tourney while the Clarke girls were in 8th place as well in Waterloo.

Class 1A SubstateBoys Varsity1. Centerville 2,624; 2. Knoxville 2,997; 3. Clarke 2,192; 4. Mount Ayr 1,975; 5. S.E. Warren 1,786; 6. Lamoni 1,727.

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