By Angie Colip
For The Herald Bulletin
INDIANAPOLIS — The high school bowling season has come to an end. The state finals were held Saturday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
Though not the ending many were hoping for, it was a successful day for three local bowlers and one local team.
Layna Chapman of Anderson Preparatory Academy completed her senior year with a strong showing and sixth place finish. Chapman started the day strong with a 276 game placing her in the No. 1 spot. She followed that up with a 213 game moving her to the No. 2 spot. Game three was a struggle as Chapman couldn’t keep up the pace and finished with a 178. Ending her high school career with a regional and semistate win and a 686 series and 228 average at the state tournament, Chapman proved she can compete with the best.
On the boys side, Pendleton freshman Nicolas Squires also finished in the No. 6 spot with a 692 series. Squires fell short of the step ladder finals by a mere 12 pins.
Squires started the day solid with a 236 game and opened up in the ninth and 10th frames to settle with a 202 for Game 2, putting him into the No. 12 spot. Finding his groove in the third game, Squires strung strikes for a big 254 game jumping him to the No. 6 spot.
Alexandria senior Mason Ward started the day off with a strong 266 game to set him in the No. 2 spot. Ward rolled a steady 210 game in round two and dropped to fifth. The third game was a solid 196. With the scores sky-rocketing, Ward finished the day in 10th place with a 672.
The Alexandria girls bowling team ended its season with a state finals appearance finishing in eighth place. The girls got off to a slow start beginning with a 792 team game. The second game showed that the team had begun to get into a groove and improved by over 100 pins with a 911. This game was the fourth highest game of the round.
Heading into the baker games, Alexandria started strong with a 204 and stayed consistent throughout the five bakers. A 934 series for the baker games gave Alexandria the third highest total but wasn’t enough to put them into the step ladder finals.
The area was well represented. Having two sixth-place and one 10th-place finish in the singles division and an eighth-place finish in the team event in the state finals is a big accomplishment.