Grand Island boys bowling wins 2nd-straight Class A Championship

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Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 10:54 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - Back to back.

That’s the hope of any team in any sport looking to defend a state championship they won the year before, so with the Class A state bowling championships hitting the lanes in Lincoln Monday, there was a very big target on the back of reigning Class A boys champ Grand Island.

The Islanders cruised to the championship round yet again, and the opponent standing in their way was the Fremont Tigers. Because Grand Island hadn’t lost heading in, Fremont would have to win two matches against GI to claim the Class A crown, while Grand Island only needed to win one match.

Fortunately for the fellas in Grand Island, that’s all they would need.

Junior Cody Cadwalader stepped up in a big way for the Islanders, recording a spare early on in game one, then coming back with a strike in game three. In the end, Fremont pushed Grand Island to a fifth game in the first match. That’s when GI stepped on the gas and never looked back. They routed Fremont 213-142 in the final game to hoist the championship hardware for a second-straight season.

“It’s very fun,” Cadwalader said. “We practice a lot, and our coaches are just so awesome. It’s just so fun, and doing it again for a second time, it’s better. Even doing it with people I’ve been bowling with together my whole life has been amazing, and now they’re all seniors and leaving, but we’re going to try to come back next year and do the same thing.”