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Adapted bowlers going to state

The Detroit Lakes adapted bowling team will be taking part in the state tournament Friday in the Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park.

The Laker team will partake in their first state meet, after a successful three-meet season.

“It was a good first year,” said DL bowling coach Phil Kirchner. “It was a good experience for the students to take part in and be a part of a team.

“But our main goal was for everyone to have fun.”

There are three competitions for athletes in both divisions — boys’ or girls’ singles, doubles, and team.

Doubles pairs and teams may be co-ed. There is no limit on the number of bowlers who can compete in the various categories of competition.

For example, a school could have 20 participants in singles competition, or five or six doubles teams, and more than one team from a school or co-op can participate in the same division.

In adapted bowling, two games constitute a match. There will be no tiebreakers during the state tournament.

Adapted bowling is one of four sports the Minnesota State High School League sponsors for athletes with disabilities and the only that allows for competition among individuals.

Adapted soccer is conducted in the fall, adapted floor hockey is conducted in the winter, and adapted softball is also conducted in the spring.

Competition is conducted in two divisions: one for athletes with physical or health impairments, commonly called PI; and the other for athletes with cognitive impairments, known as CI.

The singles competition is scheduled for 9 a.m., followed by doubles competition at 1 p.m., and concluding with team competition at 3:30 p.m.

Awards will be presented approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of each category of competition.

(Article by MSHSL and Brian Wierima.)