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Mason City's Casey Brandau warms up for a match last season against Johnston. 

MASON CITY | The numbers are up. So is the production. And so are the wins.

For the Mason City girls bowling team, a view of progress is clear for a team off to a 3-1 start, already blowing past last season’s win total (1).

“We have spent more time during practices doing drills opposed to bowling games. Youth bowling in general is picking up in Mason City. The bowling alley, Mystic Lanes, is seeing more youth for Saturday morning youth leagues as well as on weekends for open bowling,” Mohawk coach Larry Collins said. “The high school girls are taking advantage of these times and getting extra practice in on their own.”

The leader of the group is Casey Brandau, who is among the state leaders with a game average of 186.1 and a series average of 372.3 with a high of 447. Out of 600 girls competing in Iowa, her averages put her 40th.

Sophomore Sadie Arickx has a game average of 157.6, and fellow sophomores Morgan Lacy (141.8) and Hannah Hill (120.8) have chipped in solid scores for a very young group.

“Potentially, we could finish this season with a winning record, which is remarkable since we finished last season 1-9,” Collins said.

The Mohawks finished with a team score of 2,315 during Monday’s win over Dowling Catholic.

For Collins, that score was highest he can remember, and he’s hoping that number continues to swell for a program that has increased from seven members last season to 17 this year.

“They are taking pride in getting better individually and getting better as a team,” said Collins, whose team is off until Jan. 5 when it travels to Fort Dodge.

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