VIRGINIA — It’s not often one can win a state championship in a sport. However, three area girls can say they’ve done it — twice now.

Haley Bogdan, 15, Madison Sundbom, 14, and Libby Overbye, 13, make up three-fourths of a bowling team that recently took it all the way at the USBC’s Minnesota State Youth Bowling Championship Aug. 5 in Mounds View, Minn. Winning the championship for the second time in three years, the trio grouped up with Elizabeth Sistad to capture the crown.

Heading in to the tournament, the girls thought they had a chance to do well, but they didn’t want to jump the gun.

“We weren’t overly confident going in,” Bogdan said Friday at the Virginia Bowling Gardens. “But we were pretty sure we could go in and win if we did the right things.”

Bogdan went on to say that as they started their games, their confidence increased the longer the game went on.

“Once you start throwing a good game, you kind of feel like you can keep it going and win,” she said.

With a state championship in their sights, the girls said they weren’t concerned with the other teams they were competing against.

“I think we were a little bit ahead of the second place team,” Sundbom said. “But it would have been closer had we not bowled as well as we did.”

As the girls got closer and closer to the win, the nerves did start to pick up, but they were able to overcome them in the end.

“Oh yeah,” Overbye said. “There was a lot of nerves by the end of it.”


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