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Laker bowlers heading to state

DLHS adapted bowlers Austin Genz and Craig Chosa roll some bowling balls at Voyageur Lanes last Friday afternoon. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

After doubling its participation numbers from last season, the Detroit Lakes adapted bowling team is polishing up for its second-consecutive state meet May 16, at the Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park.

Last year, the DLHS adapted bowling program made its debut with seven bowlers on the team, with three of them going to the state meet, which is a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned event.

This time around, the Laker squad included 12 bowlers, with 10 competing in the state.

“Since March 10, they’ve been practicing every Friday at Voyageur Lanes,” said DL bowling coach Phil Kirchner. “Our goal is for everyone to have fun and experience the feeling of being on a team.”

Last year, Isaac Kuether finished third in the state in the cognitive impaired meet.

There are two classifications for adapted bowling, that being cognitive impairment and physical impairment.

For the Lakers, they will have nine cognitive impairment bowlers at the state meet, including Matt Padrta, Braddley Blanchard, Dane Bellefeuille, Derek Hanson, Austin Genz, Sami Schouviller, Kuether, Nick Ohm and Maddie Ziemer.

The Laker bowler who will be competing in the physical impairment category include Craig Chosa. Tara Gebhart and Landon Hochstelter each participated during the season for the Lakers in physical impairment, but will not be making the trip to the state meet.

The Laker team will earn their own state meet T-shirt, as well as a chance to place in the events.

“It’s just an exciting event for them,” Kirchner said.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.