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Mitchell resident wins state bowling title

Todd Allen.

Todd Allen accomplished what he never thought he would when he won the Singles Division Average 181 and Above at the state United States Bowling Congress open tournament held recently at The Village Bowling Center in Mitchell.

The 31-year-old Mitchell resident bowled a three-game series of 757 in the singles event. With his handicap his score was bumped to 782, but he didn't think that would be enough for a title, because there were more bowlers left to compete when he was finished. There were 829 bowlers in the division he won his state championship.

"I knew there were some good bowlers coming in," Allen said. "I came in with a positive attitude, and I knew I bowled the best I ever had in the state tournament and I was happy with that.

"When it was over and I found out I won I had a big smile on my face and just said 'Wow, unbelievable.'"

Allen received a $450 prize for his first-place finish. Allen said although he likes to travel for tournaments, winning the event in his hometown felt good.

"It's real nice winning in your own house," he said. "It's like your home field."

Allen said bowling in Mitchell may have given him a slight advantage, although that was not the only reason for his success.

"I've been bowling for a long time," he said. "Maybe there is an advantage, but I've bowled well in a couple of other places."

Allen said he had a top-10 finish a few years ago at the state open tournament in Sioux Falls.

Allen bowled nine games in three events in one day -- doubles, singles and team respectively -- and said he should have considered bowling events on separate days.

"My arms were getting a little tired in the team event," he said. "I still bowled pretty decent."

Allen rolled a 676 in doubles and 635 for the team event for a total scratch score of 2,057, which was good for the 11th best score in the state and earned him $106.