BOWLING: Brainerd just misses top eight in match play
The Brainerd Warriors were one of 24 teams competing in the state tournament Saturday at Memory Lanes In Minneapolis.
Brainerd had the fourth-highest pinfall of all teams and missed making the final eight as a wild card by one pin.
In pool play, Brainerd defeated Cambridge 412-317, New Ulm 360-337, Alexandria 412-317, and Rochester John Marshall 425-302. Brainerd lost to Winona 469-373, Faribault 419-363 and St. Paul Simley 429-387.
Brainerd had 2,766 total pins for 14 games, a 197 average, and 127 of 153 possible fills, including 83 strikes, and 44 spares.
Brady Bartishofski, Drake Larson and Cam Larson led the Warriors with 92-, 89- and 88-percent fills respectively. Larson was named second-team all-state.
Brainerd state tournament participants included Bartishofski, Drake Larson, Austin Woods, Robert Stange, Cam Larson, Nate Dally, and Hunter Cunningham.
Superior defeated Faribault tor the state title.
Teams were divided into three pools with eight teams in each. Each team bowled a two-game match against each team in its pool. Teams were awarded one point for each 2-game victory. After 14 games, the top two teams in each pool advanced to best 2 of 3 match play.
Two additional wild card teams also made it to match play. Wild cards were the two teams from all three pools that had the highest pinfall for the 14 games, but were not one of the top two in their pool.