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AHS junior varsity bowlers make state

BLOOMINGTON — The Austin High School junior varsity bowling team took part in the JV Minnesota Qualifying Tournament on Sunday and made it to state.

This qualifying event was a "second chance" tournament that finished the seeding for the State Junior Varsity Tournament in December. The JV MQT was held at AMF Southtown Lanes.

The Austin Packers had finished second in their conference tournament earlier this month, and this offered another chance for those teams that did not win an automatic berth to the state tournament.

A total of 36 teams took part in the JV MQT and were seeded into four pools. Each team then had to bowl a two-game match against every other team in its pool.

Match winners were determined by each team's total score within the match. The team with the highest total score in each match was the winner of the match. One point was awarded for each match victory and a half-point for ties.

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After pool play was completed, the top two teams moved on to bracket play. Bracket competition was used to determine the tournament champions and other placings. Awards were presented for the top four positions.

"Our junior varsity team proved to be very capable competitors throughout the day," Austin coach Jim Juenger said. "At the end of pool play, the Packers were undefeated in their pool, winning all nine matches. In addition, They had the highest total score for all of pool play in the tournament, shooting a team score of 3,281 for the18 games in the nine matches."

In bracket play, Austin won its first match against Burnsville, lost a tough second match to Faribault, and won the final match against Mankato West to claim third-place in the tournament.

"All eight members of the junior varsity team got an opportunity to play in the tournament," Juenger said. "Outstanding performances were turned in by Elijah Rayman and Collin Bailey, completing 93.8-percent and 90.9-percent of their fill opportunities respectively. They were aided by solid efforts from Logan and Lucas Hegna, as well as Jacob Conner."

Statistics in fills for the Austin players over the entire tournament were: Bailey, 40-for-44; Ian Bearden, 3-for-6; Tyler Bundy, 3-for-6; Conner, 31-for-46; Daniel Gerlach, 13-for 22; Logan Hegna, 21-for-30; Lucas Hegna, 30-for-44; Rayman was 61-for-65 in fill opportunities.

Along with their awards for taking third in the qualifier, the Packers also claimed a berth in the state tournament to be held Dec. 5.

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