By John Burbridge firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERLOO — Kaleb Ross got on a roll and then he just kept on rolling.
At the District Individual Bowling Tournament Saturday at Maple Lanes, the Charles City senior left-hander bowled a three-game series of 719 in the preliminary round.
Good, but not good enough to secure the No. 1 seed in the eight-person elimination bracket.
“The guy from Decorah (Michael Bruening) was really bowling good,” Charles City head coach Doug Bohlen said. “He had a 298, and he ended up getting the No. 1 seed … Kaleb was No. 2.”
The annual individual tournament consists of 24 bowlers. Each team in the 12-team district appoints two bowlers to represent them.
After the preliminary three-game series, the field is whittled down to eight.
Ross’s senior teammate, Hunter Brockney, also made the top eight.
“Hunter got the No. 7 seed, so he and Kaleb faced each other in the first round,” Bohlen said.
Brockney bowled a respectable 202, but Ross rolled a 246 and advanced.
In the semis, Ross bowled a 204, which was good enough to get to the championship match where he faced Bruening.
With a 258 game to Bruening’s 212, Ross won the title.
“You add up his final three games, and you’ll see he bowled back-to-back 700s,” Bohlen said of Ross, who averaged 238 for the day.
In the girls tournament, Charles City senior Macy Ross was going for her fourth-straight individual title.
She appeared well on her way with as her 666 series in the preliminary round made her the No. 1 seed. Then Ross proceeded to advance to the championship match by rolling 226 and 211 games in order.
Against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Marissa Schneider, Ross was denied of fourth title when Schneider bested her, 215-168.
“Macy had some splits and pocket shots that just didn’t carry,” Bohlen said of Ross, who recently set school records with a near-perfect 299 game and 553 two-game series in the final regular-season meet.
The Comet boys and girls squads will be back in action on Tuesday for the State Qualifier at Oneota Lanes in Decorah. The tourney starts at noon.