Catdog bowlers strike for districts, state
     2014-12-11      By Kay Grote    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Members of the 2014-2015 ladies Catdog Bowling team are front row from left, Teanna Machias, Mary Ann Horn, Jordi Holten and Katrina Fulk. Middle row, Sarah Duncan, Cali Castro, Kayla Schanaman and Mikayla Fulk. Back row, Tiffany McConnell, Hally Schanaman, Mackenzie Perlinger and Shelby DeSha. 
The Catdog Bowling team is hoping to advance some team members into the ranks of district and state finalists this season. Considering the success of a few key players from both the boys’ and girls’ squad and the dedication the team is showing in the early season that could well be possible.

“We’ve got some pretty good kids back this year and we are hoping that they continue to work hard and improve,” said boys head coach Logan Lund during practice last Friday at Classic Lanes in Gering. The team was preparing for its first competition on Saturday, Dec. 6, hosting Kearney, Grand Island, North Platte and Lexington at the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation opening tournament at Classic Lanes, with four more tournaments slated before districts and state.

The Catdogs squad, a combined team of Scottsbluff and Gering students, this year includes nine boys and 14 girls. Six of the boys return from last year, including senior Spencer Powell and sophomore Noah Hergenrader of Scottsbluff and sophomore Trent Rahmig of Gering. Powell, who averages a 175, bowled last year as on the JV squad. Lund said in the early season this year he has stepped up his game.

“Spencer is really coming in strong this year. We hope to get him back to state. He is also providing a lot of leadership for us this year,” Lund said.
Rahmig, who qualified for state on the varsity squad last year as a freshman, is currently averaging a 190.

“We’re really excited for Trent. He’s making some really good strides and he’s also showing a lot of leadership for us,” Lund said.
Hergenrader also brings in strength with an average of 160-165. Lund said this will be his second year of bowling in the team ranks.

For the ladies, returning letter winners are seniors Shelby DeSha and Mikayla Fulk, both of Scottsbluff. DeSha, averaging 179, qualified for state last year, leading a young team.

“She is one of the most positive and encouraging players for us,” said girls’ head coach Elizabeth Lund. “She really helps us coming together as a team and supports the younger and new players.”

Fulk is returning after a 2nd place at districts last year and with four years of varsity experience.
“I just hope to end the season strong, have confidence and learn more and do well,” she said.

The Catdog Bowling team, established in 2002, is a self-funded team supported by parents and a strong league base and practice weekly at Classic Lanes. The team’s travel and team expenses are paid for by members and fundraisers held throughout the year.

“This is a great group of kids who are participating because they want to. They have a lot of family and league support and we just want to thank the parents for helping us each year get these kids to the competitive level,” Logan Lund said. “We’re hoping to represent western Nebraska well this year.”


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