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Fergus Falls Otter Bowlers Kick Off Postseason

By Dean Paulson, 11/26/19, 7:30AM CST


The Fergus Falls High School bowlers were on the road Saturday and Sunday, competing in the first of four postseason weekends. 

Minnesota High School Bowling went to two classes for the 2019 season, and with that change, a new tournament was created for varsity teams to earn their way to the State Tournaments.  Four new Super Regional Tournaments were held on Saturday, Class A North and South, and Class AA North and South.  At Southway Bowl in St Cloud, the Otter varsity led the field of 20 teams after the first 10 games of qualifying, averaging over 205 for the set.  They ran into a couple of hot teams in the pool play round, and found themselves in the last-chance bracket match, where a win gets you to State, and a loss ends the season.  The Otters came through with a 391- 335 win over Moose Lake in the two-game match, and will bowl for the Class A State Championship in Alexandria on Sunday, December 8.  Seniors Zach Kort (91%) and Kaitlyn Krensing (88%) led the team in fill percentage for the day.

The MHSB JV State Tournaments were held at the 48-lane AMF Southtown bowling center in Bloomington on Sunday.  Fergus Falls had two teams in the new Class A JV State Tournament.   FF JV Black earned their spot with a conference tournament victory, and FF JV Maroon earned an at-large bid based on their regular season record.  JV Black made it through the first round qualifier, but did not advance out of the pool-play round.  The team bowled well, nearly ten pins per game over their season average.  Ryder Drayton (73%) and Morgan West (72%) led the team for the tournament.  The younger JV Maroon team also did well, scoring above their season average by almost 15 pins per game, but fell just short of making it to the second round.  Joe Rogal (80%) and Micah Gaines (60%) were team-high fill percentage.