WESTON, Wis. — The Peshtigo girls bowling team entered the WHSBA state finals for the second consecutive year with aspirations of improving on last year’s seventh-place finish, but after qualifying as the No. 4 seed, the Bulldogs had to settle for fifth place after falling to Manawa 331 to 279 in the semifinals on Sunday.

Sixteen teams squared off in Division 2 during the 15-game qualifying rounds and the Bulldogs finished fourth after finishing with an average of 175.13 and a scratch of 2,627. Antigo (2,809) claimed the No. 1 seed while West Bend East (2,724) was second, Beaver Dam (2,632) snatched the third seed and Manawa (2,589) rounded out the top-five.

The teams then squared off in a step-ladder final, where the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds play each other first, with the winner advancing to face the next highest seeded team. Peshtigo and Manawa kicked off the semifinal round where Manawa edged the Bulldogs 160-129. Peshtigo rebounded to score 150 in game two, but Manawa manged a 171 to defeat Peshtigo by a 52-pin differential.

Sophomore Travis Lund, who was a part of last year’s boys team that finished third overall, was the sole Bulldog to qualify for individual competition, which kicked off the finals on Friday. Lund rolled a 527 over a three-game set to finish 71st out of 100 bowlers, but failed to finish in the top 25 percent needed to advance to the semifinals.