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ST. ANSGAR | The Forest City High School bowling teams score big wins over Sumner-Fredricksburg during action, at home, on Friday, Dec. 7, with both varsity teams winning.

Eli Johnson, one of the leading Forest City varsity boys team bowlers, came to practice on December 11, the next Tuesday after the meet. Johnson didn’t how long he could stay because he had an appointment. “He wasn’t even sure he’d have time to get in a whole game,” said Shawn Torgerson, heads coach. “It appears his plan was to shorten the time it took by only throwing one ball each frame. It worked.”

Johnson had eleven pocket shots in a row and then a Brooklyn on his final ball for a perfect 300 game.

The boys team bowled an impressive 994 first team game to jump to a 176 pin lead over Sumner. They won easily with an overall score of 2834-2331. The series was 79 pins higher than their score against Oelwein and almost 500 pins higher than when they bowled in Sumner last year.

Three boys led with high scores all within 14 total pins. Eli Johnson rolled a 215 and 221 for a 436 series. Zach Hill rolled a 210 and 219 for a 429 series. Conner Thompson rolled a 201 and 221 for a 422 series.

“After the big start they carried a big lead and slowed down in baker games or else they may have reached 3000,” Torgerson said.

The boys have a 2-1 recording heading to Waterloo Columbus this coming Friday.

The girls varsity team struggled their first team game and fell behind by 60 pin to Sumner 792-732.

“It was a team they beat pretty easily last year,” Torgerson said. “Sumner had really improved their girls team this year.”

The Forest City girls stepped it up the second game winning 796-746 to close the deficit to 10 pins, trailing overall 1538-1528.

“They seemed to have the momentum,” Torgerson said. “However, the tides turned back the first baker game,” with Forest City only rolling a 107 verses Sumner’s 136.

With Forest City behind 39 pins now, the second baker game was a reverse of the first with Forest City winning 136-94, which gave them their first lead of the day by three pins with 3threebaker games remaining.

“That was when they finally started to find their stride,” Torgerson said. “They rolled a much better 166 game over Sumner’s 111 game and now led by 58 pins.

“Still too close for them, but it was a little more breathing room. That’s when they caught fire.”

The fourth game Forest City started with a strike, then a spare, and then four strikes in a row finishing with a 197 game to finally take command of the meet. Sumner rolled a 139 game and now trailed by 116. Forest City had doubled their lead in one game. Sumner made a great effort their final game rolling a 185, but Forest City still had a decent 172 game and won the match overall by 103 pins, 2306-2213.

“After a slow start, the girls were only four pins shy of their score against Oelwein, but nearly 100 higher than last year’s meet against Sumner,” Torgerson said. Jazmin Trunkhill led the way with games of 148 and 182 for a 330 series. Mandy Anzivino had a 315 series, Chiara Thompson had a 314 series, and Greta Oulman broke 300 for the first time this year with a 301 series.

The girls remain undefeated, taking their 3-0 record to Waterloo Columbus this coming Friday.

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