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Waterloo high school bowling teams excited to host state tournament

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Knocking out the competition.  That's what many Eastern Iowa teams hope to do, three weeks from now at the Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo.

 "Yeah, it is going to be great," said an excited Waterloo East Sophomore and member of the bowling team, Abbie Williams. 

February 19 to 21, Cadillac Lanes will host the Iowa High School State Bowling Tournament. The announcement was made after weeks of uncertainty, following a fire at the previously-selected bowling alley.

The tournament is traditionally held at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines, but the alley burned down in a massive fire on December 18.

Now the roughly 60 qualifying teams from across the state are looking to win big in Waterloo.

Cadillac Lanes General Manager says, although it comes out of misfortune, hosting the tournament is something everyone in the Cedar Valley should be excited about.

"To be given the opportunity to host it, that's not just an economic impact, but it is a feather in our cap for our association and for all the teams that have programs here in Waterloo," said Mick Hackbarth, Cadillac Lanes General Manager.

Waterloo has four high school teams, two of which call the Cadillac Lanes home.  Both Waterloo East and Columbus practice regularly at the alley, while Waterloo West and Cedar Falls call Maple Lanes home.

Just like in any other sport, bowling on a familiar lane is a huge advantage.

"You get used to where you are at and your surroundings.  The lanes are similar, they are still oiled similar," said Waterloo East Girls Bowling Head Coach, Michael Weber. "At least if you are on the home field, you have that knowledge of it."  

Despite the pressure of being one of the home teams, East is ready for the challenge.

"We have people who are passionate about the sport, who come out here and try, even though we know teams have more people and skilled people. We always come out here and try to do the best we can," said Waterloo East Junior and bowling team member, Braden Schmidt.

The students enjoy all the sport has to offer.

"A bright spot in bowling because we are training the next generation," said Hackbarth. "These kids are learning fundamentals, they are learning teamwork, they are learning etiquette, and they are learning sportsmanship and that's important. Those are life lessons."

Before the teams can battle their way to a state title at Cadillac Lanes, they must qualify at regionals in a couple weeks.

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