Byers: Tracy finishes fourth in Class 2A state bowling tournament | Sports

The two N’West Iowa athletes involved in the Iowa High School Athletic Association state bowling tournament represented themselves, their team and the region well during the event.

The tournament was held Feb. 21-23 at Waterloo. The team tournament was at Cadillac XBC Lanes while the individual tournament was held at Maple Lanes.

Senior Tommy Tracy and junior Michael Swancutt, who play for the team that is a combination of students from West Sioux, MOC-Floyd Valley and Akron-Westfield, were individual qualifiers in Class 2A and got their chance at the spotlight on Feb. 23.

The players rolled an initial three-game series, then the top eight players advanced to a bracketed tournament.

Swancutt had the fourth-best opening game of anyone in the tournament, starting with a 252. However, he rolled scores of 155 in each of his next two rounds for a 562 series and was not able to advance.

Tracy, however, was more consistent. He followed an opening game of 224 with a 243 and a 213. His 680 series made him the fifth seed in the bracketed portion of the tournament. Three bowlers rolled a 700 series or above in the qualifying rounds, led by junior Cody Reseland of Urbandale who posted a 767.

Tracy’s first matchup of the bracketed tournament was against Keokuk senior Blake Hemann† Tracy earned a 259-244 win. He then had to face Reseland and it went right to the wire, with Reseland winning 247-244. Tracy fell to the third place match where he faced Oskaloosa freshman Trey Van Wyk. Van Wyk won that matchup 257-233. Marion senior Brennan Smith beat Reseland 245-181 in the Class 2A championship match.

Summer diamond plans

The Iowa High School Athletic Association was scrambling at this time last year to find a venue for the state baseball tournament after changes in the Minor League Baseball schedule took Principal Park in Des Moines out of the plan.

Its alternative solution worked so well, the IHSAA will do it again this season.

The IHSAA announced Monday it will extend its arrangements with Merchants Park in Carroll and Duane Banks Field at the University of Iowa, pending board approval.

Carroll was the host for the Class 2A and Class 1A tournaments last season. Class 4A and Class 3A played in Iowa City.

Positive feedback from participating schools and spectators, as well as strong community support from the host groups, encouraged the extensions before the start of the 2022 season.

“The enthusiasm, hospitality and support demonstrated by the Carroll and the Iowa City and Coralville communities for our state baseball tournament in 2021 was absolutely outstanding,” said IHSAA executive director Tom Keating† “Each provided a unique and memorable experience for our student-athletes and fans. We look forward to partnering with those same communities as we plan for upcoming years of the IHSAA State Baseball Tournament.”

The IHSAA plans on entering an agreement with Carroll that will keep the Class 2A and Class 1A tournaments there for at least the next three seasons.

The agreement with the University of Iowa is a year-to-year arrangement, partially because the university has plans to renovate the 2,300-seat park.

The 2022 state baseball tournaments at each site will run July 18-22.

This summer also will mark the first time the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s state softball tournament in Fort Dodge will be held on the same dates as state baseball.

That move was due to a desire to get the seasons completed before the Unified Activities Federation’s designated Family Week noncontact period, which will be July 24-31.

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