Sophomore Maddie Putnam (left) made Decorah school history as the first kegler to compete at state in bowling, earning seventh overall. Putnam is pictured with Coach Keith Bruening who was also named Class 1A Central District Coach of the Year. (Submitted photo)
Sophomore Maddie Putnam (left) made Decorah school history as the first kegler to compete at state in bowling, earning seventh overall. Putnam is pictured with Coach Keith Bruening who was also named Class 1A Central District Coach of the Year. (Submitted photo)
   Sophomore Maddie Putnam has put the Decorah bowling team on the map, finishing seventh in the Class 1A event held Monday, Feb. 19, at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo.
   The young kegler was the lone Viking to advance to the state meet and tallied scores of 211 and 188 for a 399 total.
   Whittney Morse, a sophomore from Louisa-Muscatine took the individual title with a total of 487 pins. Also in the top three was Camanche’s Ashton  Haskell (457) and Caili Girkin of Charles City (439).
   A total score of 2,827 earned Louisa-Muscatine the Class 1A team championship over runner-up Charles City’s 2,786.
   “Maddie figured it out in the district and state meets – what a nice time to do it,” praised Coach Keith Bruening. “She has clearly turned into the leader of our girls team and I believe in Maddie as she has grown both as a person and lady.”
   In her state tournament debut, Putnam only missed one shot – a seven pin, before winning her hardware.
   “I can’t say enough about her and how much I look forward to continuing to coach her next season,” concluded K. Bruening.