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Members of state runner-up team are coach Dan Watts, Addison Vande Stowe, coach Randy Dodge, Brandon Dodge, Sam Wesely, Dallas Phelps and Trenton Johnston. The sport is a partnership between the NSAA and the Special Olympics.

NBC second in inaugural state meet

by Lincoln Arneal
Published 12/7/16

LINCOLN — With her teammates taking care of business to force a winner-take-all fifth game against Grand Island Northwest, Dallas Phelps knew the pressure would be on her.

So Phelps did what any athlete needing guidance would do in that situation. She kneeled next to assistant coach Dan Watts and asked him what she needed to do to prepare for the final game to decide the state championship.

She rose to the challenge in the next game and even delivered a strike in the 10th frame, but the Tigers couldn’t overcome a dominating performance by the Vikings. GINW won the fifth game 200-128 Monday afternoon at Sun Valley Lanes as NBC finished as the runner-up in the inaugural Unified Sports State Bowling Championship.

“I was nervous,” Phelps said while wearing a silver medal around her neck. “I just had to act like no one was around me and blank everything out.

“I was glad to be able to do it this year.”

North Bend Central senior Brandon Dodge said even though the team fell short in the final match, he was pleased with how everyone performed during the state championship.

“I am very proud of how we did,” he said. “Every single person on our team did great.”

The Tigers entered the single-class tournament as one of the favorites despite being the smallest school in the field by a large margin. North Bend finished the morning qualifying session as the second seed with a score of 858, just one pin short of the top-seeded GINW.

North Bend swept Norfolk in the first round of the bracket play by winning the first three three-person baker games.

The Tigers appeared on their way to another sweep after taking the first two games from Lincoln Southeast in the semifinals. However, the Knights rallied and won the next two games to force a deciding fifth game.


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