Top 50 Team Countdown No. 8: Lewis Central girls bowling | Sports


(KMAland) — The final state champion bowling team from the Hawkeye Ten to be honored is the Lewis Central girls squad.

The Titans took on all challengers in 2021-22 with conference wins over Denison-Schleswig (2555-2524), Red Oak (2392-1852), Creston (2799-2003), Shenandoah (2963-2145). They were also the Council Bluffs City Meet champs and took first at the Hawkeye Ten Conference

“The season kind of started off a little slow for us,” Coach Paul Renshaw told KMA Sports. “We kind of gained momentum as the year went on. We went into the Hawkeye Ten and won the championship, rolled into districts and the girls have been red hot.”

The Titans qualified for state with a runner-up showing at state qualifying.

“Our first set of five, we were really tight,” he said. “You could tell with the girls’ faces. We were missing a lot of easy spares, and then after the first five I told the girls, ‘I’ve never seen such sad faces for six girls being at a mall.’”

Lewis Central’s district was contested at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, and Renshaw’s light-hearted joke suddenly turned things in his team’s favor.

“I said, ‘Let’s get back on it, do what we do and finish this,'” he said. “They came back, and we made it.”

At state, the Titans drew the No. 6 seed in Class 2A.

“We don’t have the highest averages or scores,” Renshaw said. “But if you get our girls in best three out of five, it’s going to be tough to beat us. After qualifying, our girls wanted to go up against the top teams.”

And they shined against the top teams. The Titans opened the tournament with LeMars. They won the first two games in the best-of-five format, but lost the next two to set up a nail-biting fifth game.

“The St. Albert boys were the first seed,” Renshaw said. “They won the first two games and lost the next three games. I said that’s not going to be us, ladies.”

The pep talk worked, advancing the Titans into an all-Hawkeye Ten clash with Denison-Schleswig. They won all three games.

The Titans finished their championship run with another sweep, this time of Newton. Renshaw credits his team’s championship run to their successful spare shooting.

“I told all girls all season long that strikes are for show and saves are for championships,” he said. “It’s true at any level. You don’t have to strike every shot, but you have to make your spares. Our spare shooting was good.”

Renshaw hopes his team’s success sparks an outside interest in the bowling program.

“I hope more kids realize Lewis Central has a bowling program,” he said.

Top 50 Team Countdown

50. Fremont-Mills Boys Golf

49. Sterling Girls Track

48. Nodaway Valley/West Central Valley Boys Soccer

47. Maryville Girls Soccer

46. ​​Tri-Center Volleyball

45. Exira-EHK Girls Basketball

44. Clarinda Girls Cross Country

43. Treynor Girls Golf

42. Elmwood-Murdock Girls Basketball

41. Worth County Boys Track

40. Falls City Sacred Heart Boys Basketball

39. Maryville Boys Cross Country

38. Syracuse Volleyball

37. Elmwood-Murdock Volleyball

36. Lewis Central Girls Soccer

35. Riverside Girls Track

34. CAM Baseball

33. Red Oak Boys Basketball

32. AHSTW Boys Basketball

31. Maryville Boys Golf

30. Missouri Valley Wrestling

29. West Harrison Boys Basketball

28. Logan-Magnolia Wrestling

27. Underwood Wrestling

26. Logan-Magnolia Girls Cross Country

25. Stanberry Boys Basketball

24. Underwood Girls Soccer

23. Clarinda Girls Tennis

22. Underwood Girls Basketball

21. Denison-Schleswig Boys Tennis

20. Lewis Central Baseball

19. Glenwood Girls Basketball

18. Southeast Warren Softball

17. Martensdale-St. Mary’s Softball

16. Platte Valley Baseball

15. Worth County Football

14. Abraham Lincoln Girls Soccer

13. Auburn Boys Basketball

12. Shenandoah Boys Bowling

11. Falls City Sacred Heart Girls Basketball

10. Twin Cedars Softball

9. Denison-Schleswig Boys Bowling

8. Lewis Central Girls Bowling

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