Returning letter winners on the Decorah boys’ bowling team are (front, l-r) Karter Einck, Luke Iverson, Brendan Hunter, Emmit Stemper; (back) Breydon Johnson, Tyler Thompson, Keagen Einck, Justin Redenius and Nolan Jostand. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Returning letter winners on the Decorah boys’ bowling team are (front, l-r) Karter Einck, Luke Iverson, Brendan Hunter, Emmit Stemper; (back) Breydon Johnson, Tyler Thompson, Keagen Einck, Justin Redenius and Nolan Jostand. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Since its inaugural season five years ago to 2019, the interest in the Decorah bowling program has continued to grow — so much so that head coach Keith Bruening has needed to take on an assistant to aide in helping his 50-plus keglers gain experience of the game. Stepping in to assist is former Viking alum Michael Bruening.


Growing numbers

Experience and numbers continued to grow for Decorah bowling with 36 keglers stepping onto the lanes during the 2018-19 season.

Moving in to Class 2A, the Vikings were also in one of the toughest conferences and districts in the state. Last season the girls finished with a 5-5 dual record. The Lady Vikes had a 2,208 average match score to accompany a 149.2 individual game score and 143.2 baker game average.

The boys’ team went 5-6, posting an average match score of 2,615.8, with an individual game score of 175.1 and a 173 baker game average.

Hosting the state-qualifying match at Oneota Lanes, Decorah qualified one individual for the state tournament — sophomore Tyler Thompson, rolling games of 299 and 180, to top the district.

As teams, both the boys and girls finished third in the district, finishing their season there. The boys tallied 2856 pins, while the girls rolled a final tally of 2,468.


Ready to go

Despite finishing third at districts a year ago, the girls’ team received some valuable experience as seven of the top eight bowlers return, including Alexis Svestka, Katherine Bruening, Maddie Putnam, Audrey Casterton, Annika Lensch, Moriah Grinna and Lexie Hauber.

The boys will be led by nine letter winners including Keagen Einck, Justin Redenius, Breydon Johnson, Brendon Hunter, Emmit Stemper, Tyler Thompson, Luke Iverson, Nolan Jostand and Karter Einck.