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The Park High School bowling team won its conference tournament in November and earned an automatic bid into the state tournament. Team members are: From left, front row, Hannah Munson, Rachael Kittelson, Sidney Niles; and back, coach Dave O’Ryan, Nicholas Munson, Josh Mauer, Joe Richard and Dalton Gatlin. (Submitted photo)

Park bowling: Wolfpack wins conference tourney, qualifies for state

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The Park High School bowling team won its conference tournament in November and earned an automatic bid into the state tournament.

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The Park varsity team, coached by Dave O’Ryan, is made up of seniors Hannah Munson and Rachael Kittelson, juniors Sidney Niles and Josh Mauer, sophomore Dalton Gatlin, freshman Joe Richard and eighth-grader Nicholas Munson.

Park won a trip to state and the eight-team conference tournament, held at Mattie’s in South St. Paul on Nov. 9, by slicing through the bracket without losing a match.

Minnesota High School Bowling uses the baker system. Five bowlers each bowl two frames to complete a single game. In the exciting format for both players and spectators, the first team to win three games is the winner.

Park was the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, based on winning the regular season league play in the fall. At the conference tournament, the Wolfpack beat Simley in the championship round to give them the state berth.

Hannah Munson and Nicholas Munson each earned all-conference for Park this season.

“It was a real team effort this season and especially at the conference tournament,” Park coach Lori Munson said. “They have worked hard at practice and have made great improvement since the beginning of the year.”

The state tournament will be held Dec. 7 at Flaherty’s Lanes.

“We look forward to the challenge that other state high school teams will be bringing to the state tournament,” Lori Munson said.

—Patrick Johnson

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