MHS bowlers take three of four from rival SE Polk

PLEASANT HILL – All three of Marshalltown’s boys bowling teams came out on top against Southeast Polk on Tuesday night, while the girls squad lost a close one to the Rams at Premiere Bowling.

“I am very happy with how all of my teams bowled tonight,” MHS coach Jeremiah McKeever said.

Aaron Schwandt’s 497 series led the way for the Bobcats as Marshalltowns’s varsity led by less than 100 pins heading to the Baker games and defeated the Rams, 3,117-2,943.

Dacoda Ewalt also scored well with a 462 series, while Grant Whitmore added a 408.

Schwandt opened his night with a 258 and then rolled a 239 in Game 2. Ewalt’s best effort was a 247 in the second game, and Whitmore tallied a 215 in the opener.

“The boys bowled well tonight, shooting over their match scoring average,” McKeever said. “Aaron Schwandt really stepped it up, shooting 44 pins over his average.

Southeast Polk had just one bowler better than 400 in the first two games as Nate Salzburg led the way with a 410.

Brad Fane had a 390 and Cameron Young added a 383 in the loss.

Marshalltown led 2,119-1,938 after the first two games. Southeast Polk outscored the Bobcats by seven in the Baker games to trim the final margin to 174.

Both boys JV teams defeated Southeast Polk as well.

Floyd Speck led one JV team with a 450 and the Bobcats beat Southeast Polk 2,974-2,319. Zach Thomson added a 405 and Matt Hannam rolled a 396. Grant Doyle led the Rams with a 400.

“The JV team would have outscored the Southeast Polk varsity team with their score,” McKeever said. “I would put my JV team up against any varsity team in the state. They can really step it up.”

The Bobcats led by more than 300 points heading to the Baker games and extended the margin with a dominant performance.

The second JV squad got a 371 series from Severio Mancieri and a 368 from Tyler Wilson as the Bobcats won 2,337-2,011.

The Marshalltown girls team suffered a loss to Southeast Polk as Alyna Tapia led the Rams with a 412 series. Allie Kerper also had a 402 as the Rams won 2,380-2,154.

The Bobcats won the Baker round with a 756 but trailed by nearly 300 after the first two games.

Tia Vergauwen led the way for Marshalltown with a 372. No other Bobcat reached 300 as Kathleen Ferrin rolled a 285.

“With the girls, we don’t focus on wins and losses,” McKeever said. “We strive for improvement and personal bests and we accomplished that tonight.”

The varsity conference meet will take place today at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines.