West Allis — The West Allis Central bowling team is on a roll and it is carrying the Bulldogs all the way to state.
The team claimed the District 1 championship in a 25-school event on Feb. 12 at AMF Lanes in West Allis, beating Muskego, Mukwonago and Greenfield in total-pin dual meets.
Central qualified eighth for the district tournament but advanced through the field, which did not come as a surprise to coach Rudy Erickson, whose team entered the event on an eight-match winning streak.
"We tied for third in the conference, but all season long, we were in the mix," Erickson said. "Our averages were competitive with the other teams. Now we're on a roll, and I hope we stay that way."
The team will now compete in the state tournament at Ashwaubenon on March 4 through 6, which includes 35 teams from throughout Wisconsin.
Central's Aaron Cieslak will also take part in the individual competition that same weekend, as he was the high qualifier in the district tournament with a four-game series of 960 in which he averaged 240. Cieslak also posted a 290 game, high for the tournament, and put together 15 straight strikes.
This is the first time Central has sent either an individual or a team to the state tournament, according to Erickson. "The players matured over the season," he said. "Our underclassmen took the reins early, but at the end, the seniors improved their games and stepped up."
The other team members are Kyle Erickson, Zach Kovacic, Kyle Mathe, Zach Miklautsch, Jay Muraszewski, Jacob Reuter, Zachary Richardson, Jake Robers and Matthew Wopshel. All are Central students.
Also from the area, Greenfield qualified as a team and sent Austin Woda and Adam Garlie as individuals.
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