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AUSTIN EDITION Austin High team gets back on winning track

PINE ISLAND -- The Austin High School bowling team returned to winning form on Saturday with match victories over Hayfield and Stewartville.

Competition took place at the Pine Island Lanes. The Packers defeated both opponents four games to one.

Austin's first match, against Hayfield, was a test of patience for the team members. The Packers opened with a 176-139 win and continued the momentum with a 180-146 triumph in the second game.

Austin took the third game 159-141, but lost the fourth by a score of 187-181. AHS then won a close fifth game 130-127.

"Pine Island Lanes has proven to be a tough site for our team in the past, regardless of the opponent," Austin coach Jim Juenger said. "We missed sixteen fill opportunities in the match. Fortunately, most of the misses were not crucial to the outcome of a game. Our bowlers quickly overcame any changes in lane conditions to throw consistent scores throughout the match, ensuring the victory."

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In fill opportunities for the Packers in the match: Anna Rauen (9-for-10); Joe Bushlack (8-for-10); Kevin Wolff (6-for-10); Derek Bultman (9-for-13); and Sandy Wesely (4-for-10).

Austin bowlers turned it up a notch in the second match against the Stewartville Tigers. Missing only twelve fill opportunities in the match, the Packers settled the outcome quickly, winning the first four games 166-149, 210-148, 185-167, 212-134.

Four unconverted splits in the final game resulted in a defeat for Austin. The Tigers averted the shutout with a 136-128 win in the fifth game.

"Consistency in all phases of the game by all of our team members resulted in the victory," Juenger said. "No single player missed more than three fills in the match. We tossed 21 strikes and 18 spares."

The statistics for Austin included: Kevin Wolff (10-for-12); Derek Bultman (8-for-10); Nate Wing (7-for-10); Joe Bushlack (7-for-10); and Amber Ryks (7-for-10).

The final matches of the regular season will take place at Spare Time Lanes in Hayfield on Saturday. Competition starts at 1 p.m. Austin will have matches against Rochester Century and Byron.

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