HCHS grads bowl for Morningside College
SIOUX CITY -- Former Harlan Community bowlers Bailey Portwood, Jessica Phipps and Joshua Grote were members of the Morningside College bowling teams during the 2019-20 season.
Portwood was a senior majoring in General Business, Phipps was a junior majoring in Elementary Education and Grote was a senior majoring in American and World History.
The Morningside women’s and men’s bowling teams both advanced to the semifinal round of bracket play in the NAIA Unaffiliated Grouping Qualifier Tournament held Feb. 29-March 1 in Hastings, Nebraska. By finishing in the top four, both squads earned spots in the 2020 United States Bowling Congress’ sectionals in Addison, Illinois. Scheduled for March 13-15, the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Morningside women ranked among the nation’s top 64 teams while the men finished in the top 80.
Portwood was a varsity bowler for fours years with the Mustangs, compiling a 160.6 career average. She also competed on three national sectional qualifying teams. Phipps still has one more season with the Mustangs and her current career average is 150.3. Grote did not compete in any tournaments this season.
Morningside bowling coach Steve Gonshorowski said that he is looking forward to adding two freshmen from HCHS - Darren Stein and Jayden Gessert - in the fall. "The Mustang program continues to get better each year and the bowlers from Harlan continue to add to that success," he said.
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