Cat/Dog Bowling teams qualify for state
     2015-02-12      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - State qualifiers for the ladies Scottsbluff/Gering Cat/Dog bowling team are front row from left, Maryann Horn and Jordan Hoff and back row, Michelle Becker, Mikayla Fulk, Shelby DeShay and Mackenzie Perlinger. Not pictured is Kayla Schanaman.  
Both the boys and girls Scottsbluff/Gering combined Cat/Dog bowling teams have qualified to go the state tournament to be held this weekend, Feb. 13-14 in Lincoln. Boys coach Logan Lund said that despite the boys 5-7 season they managed to win the district tournament in North Platte to get the bid for state beating out Kearney and Fremont. Lund has been involved with the bowling team for seven seasons and said this is the team’s 11th consecutive trip to state.

Seven varsity boys qualified for state. They are Gering’s sophomores Trent Rahmig and Dane Jacobs, junior Chris Bartow, and seniors Spencer Powell and Jake Thomas, and Scottsbluff’s sophomores Bailey Venturino and Noah Hergenreder.

Girls coach Jim Walker is taking seven varsity girls to state. Walker explained that the girls’ team did not win their district but still got an invite to state as the runner-up. The girls’ season record is 5-5. Walker said, “They are a good group of girls, they worked really hard and are ranked No. 4 seed in the state tournament.”

Seven girls qualified for state including Scottsbluff’s juniors Michelle Becker, Mackenzie Perlinger and Jordan Hoff, and seniors Mikayla Fulk, Shelby DeSha, Maryann Horn, and Kayla Schanaman.
Rahmig said, “I have been bowling for several years starting out at the Valley Bowl in the junior league, I have an average of 180.”

Venturino said “I have bowled for three or four years since 7th grade. I started in the Classic Lanes junior league. I have an average of 173. I bowl because it’s fun and I am the only one of my parents’ seven children to participate in a sport. I am excited to go to state.

Bartow’s grandparents own the Bowl Arena. Bartow said “I have been bowling since I was age 1, I grew up at the bowling alley. I have an average of 198, I am hoping to go to Wichita University in Kansas on a bowling scholarship.”

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