Bulldog Bowlers Claim D2 State Runner-Up Trophy
The Peshtigo High School Bowling team came just four pins shy of a Division II state title Sunday, March 5 at AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa, coming in second place.
After qualifying, Peshtigo had knocked down 2935 pins in 15 games, 61 more than the second team, Monroe, and over 100 more than any other team giving them the number one seed.
Also qualifying for the two game total pin step ladder finals were Amherst in the fifth spot, Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah fourth, and Ashwaubenon third. In match one Amherst defeated Elkhart Lake 432-379. Ashwaubenon downed Elkhart Lake in match two 395-384. In match three Monroe stopped Ashwaubenon 419-374 for the right to face the Bulldogs in the championship match.
Competing for Peshtigo in the Baker Style format, where each person bowls two frames, were Trevor Miller at leadoff, Nolan Lemke in the two spot, Treavor Bloch at number three, Mitchell Ahrens fourth and Tyler Lund at anchor.
After the first of two games in the championship, Peshtigo had a seven-pin lead, 201-194. The Bulldogs fell off their pace in the second game, however, knocking down 20 less pins in the second game, dropping the game 192-181 to finish just 4 pins behind first place Monroe.
Many members of the team said they definitely felt the pressure of state in the final.
"It went by really fast. Four frames isn't a lot, and there's not much you can do," 74th place individual finisher Trevor Bloch said. "It was really stressful. We weren't used to the lights and everything behind us. We felt it."
"It was very nerve-wracking, and there was a lot of pressure on us to do well," Peshtigo bowler Mitchell Ahrens, who also placed 70th individually in the state on Friday night, said of the experience bowling at state.
The team didn't seem too down about taking second at state, however.
"It's something they're never going to forget," said Peshtigo Head Coach Roby Lund. "They showed they belonged. They really kept their heads in it. It was fun to watch."
"Yes we obviously would have liked to take first, but second is pretty amazing for this small of a school," Ahrens said.
"I'm pretty proud for my team that we made it all the way there. I'm glad we had a good season, but I just wish we could have come out on top," Peshtigo's top bowler, 60th place individual finisher Tyler Lund stated.
Peshtigo finished the season 10-1, winning their conference, which included third-place Division II finisher Ashwaubenon and fourth-place Division I finisher Bayport, both of which Peshtigo defeated on the road this season.
Peshtigo will graduate Trevor Miller, but Coach Lund was confident the team would be good again next season and successfully replace Miller and his "great finish" to the season. Lund spoke highly of his reserve bowlers, saying "they performed well when they were asked to," he said. "We'll be in good shape for next year as well."
"It's a pretty good feeling," Tyler Lund said, summing up the experience and second-place finish.
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