After getting pumped up at their “State Send-off Pep Fest” on Thursday, the Cambridge-Isanti Adapted Bowling squad enjoyed another successful trip to the May 18 State meet at Eden Prairie’s Brunswick Zone.
Three Bluejackets took home medals from the 28-school gathering. Jon Furlong totaled a 441 series to place 3rd in the CI division, with a high game of 110. Cory Hoover was 6th in the CI division with a 436, and Chrissy Schermerhorn placed 7th in the PI girls division by closing her career with a 387.
“I was extremely proud of all athletes because this is a very overwhelming day (6:30 a.m. departure from CIHS) in a facility that is packed full of people, distractions and limited space,” said Jacket Coach Susan Kaspar. “I was so excited to watch how 11 out of our 12 athletes bowled over their six-game dual-season averages.”
Also in the CI boys division for Satrom’s Bluejackets, Austin Sprandal placed 24th (401) and Joshua Cook was 55th (372). In the CI girls, Abby Keller finished 47th (361), Brianna Hoover was 55th (352) and Chrissy Baker took 72nd (321).
The PI boys tourney saw Jackson Larson place 14th for the Bluejackets (388), Cody Beardslee place 20th (374) and Dominic Slattery closed his career with a 24th-place 361. In the PI girls, Victoria Koukol added a 15th-place 351 which included a high game of 150.
The bus ride back from Eden Prairie was not the final note for the Bluejacket Bowlers, however.
“As we arrived back to CIHS, we were greeted with many, many students and staff lined up outside of CIHS doors clapping as we walked through the ‘gauntlet’ with pride,” replayed Coach Kaspar.
Along with representing the school well over their bowling career, this year’s senior group has been a strong building block for the program over its tenure.
“When I reflect on the season, it is always a difficult time for me as I shake hands and wish our six seniors that we are losing to graduation the best of luck as they move onto the next chapter in their lives. I have grown to respect all six of them so much over the past four years of coaching them and/or having them in my Adapted Physical Education class,” said Coach Kaspar.
She finished, “These six seniors demonstrate character traits above and beyond their age-alike peers. They are role models in and outside of the classroom, they have a sense of humor like no other group I have coached, and I will wholeheartedly miss them next year. Like I mentioned at the Pep Fest, we can learn a lot from each other if we provide one another with an opportunity to be a leader.”