Roeber, Lynn combine for state bowling title
Bowlers Andrea Roeber and Danielle Lynn shared their Wisconsin High School Club Bowling state tournament doubles championship with grace.
A co-ed team from Janesville Craig, a Parker boys team and girls teams from Parker, Milton and Clinton qualified for the tournament held last weekend in Appleton and Menasha. The tournament is divided into team, individual and doubles competition.
Roeber, a Janesville Parker junior, and Lynn, a Milton senior, won the girls doubles championship with an 859 series. The pair combined to mark games of 157, 222, 222 and 258 bowling under the Baker system, in which teammates bowl every other ball. The victory included $200 apiece in scholarship money.
“The tournament brings the top bowlers in the state, and they have to deal with different lane conditions,” said Parker girls coach Kevin Punzel, who had daughters Emily and Haley finish 35th and 49th, respectively, out of 70 bowlers in the singles tournament. “Bowlers can’t get into a comfort zone. For (Roeber and Lynn) to win the doubles tournament was really special.”
It was the best of times for both, but it was also bittersweet.
“It’s really hard to end that part of my life,” said Lynn, who might bowl for Valparaiso University and major in nursing next fall. “It’s been a lot of fun bowling with Andrea. It’s great to take first place and cool to enjoy it with her.’’
The friendship has endured the pitfalls of competition. Roeber missed a trip to state as a freshman because Lynn rolled one more strike during qualifying.
“She had one more strike than me, and she got to go,” Roeber said. “We were pretty close rivals then.’’
Roeber is pleased that the pair combined to share a state championship.
“We are pretty close and wanted to bowl together,” Roeber said. “We knew we were the top girls in the district, and we though we had a chance to win.’’
In the individual girls tournament, Lynn finished sixth and Roeber 20th.
In two three-game series, Lynn rolled a 680, including a 279, and a 626 for 1,306 total, missing the top-five televised finals by six pins. Roeber notched a 594 series and missed advancing to the semifinals.
“There are so many places that I can find those six pins,” Lynn said. “But I’m so happy about what I did, I would not change any of it.’’
Roeber said it just was not her day.
“I couldn’t carry anything,” Roeber said. “I was missing, and I could have done a lot better.’’
Roeber is a savvy bowler, competing in junior tournaments and Janesville youth leagues. Roeber holds a 206 average at RiversEdge and a 189 at El-Ra.
The 18-year-old Lynn is a veteran tournament bowler who holds a 197 league average.
“I’m very active in the sport,” said Lynn, whose mother, Toni, is the proprietor of Varsity Lanes in Milton. “I participate in a lot of scholarship bowling tournaments.”
Lynn considers the Wisconsin high school tournament special.
“It’s state and one of the biggest events,” Lynn said. “It’s just not another tournament. I only can compete in it four times in my lifetime.’’