The Vermillion High School Bowling Team recently completed their season at the State Tournament held at Sport Bowl in Sioux Falls. The boys were eliminated in the third round of the double elimination tournament. The girls had a outstanding tournament as they worked their way through the brackets to eventually finish third after falling to the State Champion Washington High School.
The team placed two All-State Team members, Kayla Stammer with a 533 series on the girls side and Kodie Lovejoy with a 686 series on the boys side. The All State Team is determined by the top five series during morning qualifying both in the boys and girls divisions.
Vermillion had a relatively young team as five of the 16 bowlers were first year members. Sara Marker, Sharrie Stammer and Brandon Watterson were Vermillion’s returning seniors this year. The team adopted a philosophy “If nothing changes nothing changes,” that quickly was adopted to “Bowl Better.”
The girls ended the regular match play season fifth in the league and the boys seventh. The year-end standings don’t do justice to the gains the kids made as a team and individuals both on and off the lanes as shown in the individual stats listed.
Sara Marker finished the year with two 600 series 641 and 608 those honor scores placed 4th and 11th for high series respectfully for the state high school matches. Sara’s high season game was 254 earning fourth place in the league. Sara has a scholarship offer to bowl collegiate for Midland University in Fremont, NE. Sara finished the year with a 171 average eighth overall.
Freshman Kayla Stammer’s 269 was the league high game of the year. Kayla also had a 653 series that was second high series of the year. Kayla finished the year with a 166 average ninth overall. All the VHS girls set new personal highs this year.
Michela Constant, who late in the season became the league’s only girl two-handed bowler, had a 194 game 494 series averaging 137.
Alyssa Soesbe had a season high 202 game 499 series finishing the year with a 151 average.
Senior Sharrie Stammer had a season high 180 game 450 series finishing the year with a 112 average.
First year bowler Tanasha Watson had a season high 142 game 348 series finishing the year with a 87 average.
First year bowler Abby Weiss had a season high 168 game 423 series finishing the year with a 115 average.
Senior first year bowler Cassie Waage had a season high 124 game 297 series finishing the year with a 83 average.
The boys also had some very high respectful games and high series.
In the final match of the year, senior Brandon Watterson set his all-time sanctioned highs with a 250 game and 583 series establishing a 154 average.
Kodie Lovejoy lead the team with a 209 season average tied for fifth in the league with good friend Holden Luke of Harrisburg. Kodie had a 269 high game and a 702 series.
Collin Lovejoy rolled a 287 game that was good for fourth highest game in the league this season. Collin’s high series was 696 and ended the year averaging 194. Brett Hansen on his birthday bowled his season high 226 game only to be beat by one pin that game. Brett had a 569 series that day. Brett finished the year averaging 156.
Ryan Brunick could do no wrong stringing strikes setting his high game of 261 and 594 series. Ryan finished the year with a 147 average.
First year bowler Alec Leber had a 169 high game 445 series averaging 122.
Tristan Mollet had a 192 season high game and 516 series averaging 146.
First year bowler Avery Mollet had a 193 game and 540 series averaging 139.
The team was coached collectively by Dave Stammer, Brad Hansen and Mike Lovejoy. Nicki Stammer led travel organization and Shelley Brunick was head of finances. Thanks to all the parents that supplied time and transportation this season for a great season with a great team.