Iowa High School Bowling 2022-23: Gazette Area teams and bowlers to watch

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior Kaylee Harris throws a practice ball during a youth tournament at Lancer Lanes in February. Harris is one of the best returning bowlers this high school season. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

Here are some Gazette area teams and bowlers to watch as they enter Iowa High School’s 2022-23 bowling season.

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Iowa City High – The Little Hawks advanced to the 3A Quarterfinals last year after taking first place in their state qualifying meeting. Makayla Saylor, leader of last year’s pins, returns for the Little Hawks.

Linn-Mar – The Lions advanced to the 3A Quarterfinals before being defeated by Dubuque Senior. Linn-Mar won his state qualifying meeting and returns with several key members from last year’s squad including Jordyn Beck, Madalyn Leyse and Kayleann Simms.

Vinton Shellsburg – The Vikings recorded the highest streak in the state in any class last season (678) and reached the semi-final round of the 1A State Tournament before being knocked out by Clarinda. They bring back three bowlers who totaled more than 3,000 pins last season (Kylee Kirchner, Tori Elwick and Tori Richart).

Decorah – Across all classes, Decorah placed sixth in total pins last season. The Vikings bring back their top 2 pin leaders in seniors Rebecca Bruening and Lily Iverson.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy – The Cougars are bringing back five of their top six bowlers from last season (Ariana Chesmore, Abby Hume, Chloe Pierce, Kaylee Harris and Ricki Davis). With plenty of returned experience, the Cougars could be a force to be reckoned with in 3A.

Cone players to look at

Savannah Edmonds, Sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson – Edmonds individually ranked in the state’s top 25 in points per game (196.2) and points per series (392.4). She was state champion in her second year.

Kylee Kirchner, So., Vinton-Shellsburg – Kirchner had a stellar first year, averaging 200.33 per game and advancing to the state quarterfinals.

Kaylee Harris Jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy – Harris had a solid second campaign. Her 191.07 per game score was good for 10th place in the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division last season, and her 382.14 per series score was good for seventh place.

Jordyn Beck, Jr., Linn-Mar – Beck finished fourth in points per game (186) and points per series (372) in the MVC Mississippi Division last season.

Makayla Saylor Jr., Iowa City High – City High pins leader Saylor finished last season in the MVC Mississippi Division just behind Beck (fifth) in points per game (183.73) and points per series (367.46).

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Cedar Rapids Jefferson – The J-Hawks are bringing back their top four bowlers from last season: Myles Breemeersch, Mason Glassberg, Aiden Mitts and Logan Boll. Mitts won the 3A state title last year and Breemeersch was named Valley Division Athlete of the Year at the Mississippi Valley Conference. Mitts received honors in the Valley Division second team, while Glassberg and Boll received honorable mentions.

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy – Valley Division first team members Jaxon Robinson and Lucas Dolphin, second team player Alex Hume and honorable mention Caden Foye all return to a Cougars team that won the MVC title last year. Kennedy will attempt to qualify as a team for the state tournament for the third consecutive year.

Decorah – The Vikings finished eighth overall in all classes in the state last season. Cade Averhoff recorded the high game for Decorah (255) and is returning for his junior year after finishing second overall in pins for the team.

Vinton Shellsburg – On the table for the Vikings is a chance for a third consecutive participation in a state tournament. Vinton-Shellsburg is bringing back four bowlers who totaled more than 3,000 pins last year (Vann Lessig, Eli Page, Alex Funk and Parker Arnold).

West Delaware — The Hawks are bringing back five starters from last year’s state-qualified team, which finished fifth. Pins leader Louis Shontz and state qualifier Saul Hernandez are among the returning bowlers.

Boys bowler to watch

Aiden Mitts Jr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson – Last year’s 3A individual state champion returns for the J-Hawks. Mitts defeated Marshalltown’s Damon Borton, 226-198, in last year’s championship game. He will look to improve on his 217.59 per game average.

Myles Breemeersch, Sr., Cedar Rapids Jefferson – Breemeersch was last year’s MVC Valley Division Athlete of the Year after throwing a 300. He averaged 238.46 per game, good for third place in the state.

Lucas Dolphin Sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy – Dolphin recorded Kennedy’s best game last season, a perfect 300, and earned second-team All-State honors.

Jaxson Robinson Sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy — Robinson led the Cougars in total pins and earned second-team All-State honors.

Alex Funk, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg – Funk averaged 216.94 per game last season, good for first place at Wamac West. At the 1A state tournament he finished 14th.

Cody Huinker, Sr., Waukon – Huinker led the Northeast Iowa Conference at an average of 217.45 per game. At last year’s 1A state tournament he was sixth.