State tournament aspirations for experienced adapted bowling squad


Sports Editor

The DC adapted bowling team returns a ton of experience from last year’s squad.

The Chargers have a whopping nine returning letterwinners this season, led by senior captains Ben Orton, Robin Cates, and Joel Harju.

DC competes most Fridays at Lake Bowl in Howard Lake against another team, who competes at their own local alley.

The two teams then compare handicapped scores to determine the winner.

Head coach Vinne Pokornowski provided the following commentary on this season’s program.

Program History: Our program is in its seventh season. The improvement we see in these student athletes is incredible!

Assistant coaches:

• Cecilie Sangren

• Cindy Nelson

• Linnea Holm

• Nicole Peterson

• Darcie Pringnitz

• Mary Stonelake

Last season: We went 3-2 in dual meets last season.

Returning letterwinners:

• Robin Cates

• Joel Harju

• Zada Hanson

• Annika Wanha

• Jeffry Hendrickson

• Mari Lindberg

• Emma Jo Tessman

• Josie Utecht

• Ben Orton

Number of participants:

• 12th grade – 3

• 11th grade – 3

• 10th grade – 1

• 9th grade – 2

• 8th grade – 1

• 7th grade – 2

Captains: Seniors Ben Orton, Robin Cates, and Joel Harju.

Conference outlook and favorites: We have yet to win the Golden Pin traveling trophy we have between ourselves, Monticello, and St. Michael-Albertville, but this could be the year!

Section outlook and favorites: Our section includes Monticello, St. Michael-Albertville, and Princeton. They all provide some very good competition, but we expect to send a few individuals to the state tournament, along with our team as well.

Team goals and expectations:  Have fun, be respectful of each other and self, and pick up as many splits as possible (picking up a split earns the team ice cream!).

Any team or individual records that may be broken this season: Our three senior captains are currently on the leaderboard for many of our school records. Robin Cates has the highest two-game total with handicap at 461 (2014). Joel Harju holds the school record for highest average (99, 2016), and Ben Orton holds the record for highest score without handicap at 190 (2017). It would not be a surprise to see any of these athletes set new school records!

Key losses: Dennis Swanson.

Strengths:  Camraderie, the students all seem to get along very well and are very encouraging of each other.

Areas of improvement needed:  Knock down more pins!

Final thoughts: We bowl most Friday afternoons at Howard Lake Bowl, starting at 12:45. Check out our schedule on the school activities website and come support the Chargers! We also have two Monday night events, April 15 (Alumni Night) at 6 p.m., and April 25 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come check it out!

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