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Adding to the collection: Bobcat bowlers seeking state championship after back-to-back runner-up finishes

February 22, 2019
By Thorn Compton - Times-Republican , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Last year the Marshalltown boys bowling team came just shy of the State Championship. With the help of some new members including Demitri Ferneau, a freshman at South Tama County, they will be back at the tournament this week.

After a tough start to the individual series a year ago, and after trailing by more than 100 pins after the third Baker game the Bobcats nearly fought back to claim the state crown, but they fell shy by just eight pins to Southeast Polk.

MHS senior Ray Wiegand said there hasn't been a day since last year's state meet where that hasn't crossed his mind.

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The Marshalltown boys bowling team poses with its three trophies won from the state meet in the last four years. Pictured are, from left, senior Kamrin Chizek, senior Carson Potter, junior Lucas Kramer, junior Logan Proffitt, freshman Demitri Ferneau and senior Ray Wiegand.

"It was heartbreaking, honestly," Wiegand said. "We were so close and we made such a good run at it. At the end of that game, we all thought that was it and we made it, but when we saw that we were eight pins shy, that hurt and it stung for a while. I have bowled a lot of tournaments myself in the last year as well that I've missed by two, four, six pins, and it stings every time. But that number eight, it just hurt. It just sucks that we were that close, yet so far away. Just one good mark, one good spare and we would have been there."

A year later the Bobcats are back in the state tournament for the eighth time in nine years and for the fifth-straight year since 2015, and they have a mission to push past the two-straight runner-up finishes of the last two years and finally claim a state title.

While Wiegand, Carson Potter, Kamrin Chizek and Lucas Kramer were all returners from a year ago, Demitri Ferneau and Logan Proffitt have both stepped into roles vacated by seniors. Ferneau has been a revelation, as a freshman he is 13th in the state in average series and he won the CIML Iowa meet individually against some stiff competition, including from his own team.

What sets Ferneau apart from other freshmen, coach DJ Wilder said, is his ability to keep calm and cool throughout a meet, not letting anything get him too amped up or too down.

"He's a freshman and you don't have to worry about him getting too crazy with whatever, he's just fine," Wilder said. "That's nice to know, I think that's a calming aspect for this team."

Ferneau said there's nothing special he does to make him so stoic, it's just the way he is.

"It's just how I approach it. I don't really try thinking about adjustments as much unless I actually need it," Ferneau said. "It's pretty much just doing it and not thinking about it."

Due to the potential for bad weather, the 3A state bowling tournament was rescheduled to start 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Waterloo at Cadillac Lanes.



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