Bobcat boys getting hot at right time

Warming up just in time for substate, the Marshalltown boys bowling team got back on track Tuesday.

Dacoda Ewalt rolled a 488 series to lead the Bobcats in a 2,995-2,909 victory over Mason City at the Totem Bowl.

Kyle Bartles added a 416 series and Zach Thomsen rolled a 391 to help Marshalltown claim a 2,029-1,875 advantage after the first two games.

“Dacoda Ewalt had a personal best game for the season with 279 and Zach Thomsen had his personal best for the season with 258,” MHS coach Jeremiah McKeever said. “Kyle had a solid night bowling 50 pins over his average.”

The Bobcats needed the early boost as the Mohawks rallied back by outscoring the home team 1,034-966 in the Baker games.

Matt Hannam fired a 368 series and Grant Whitmore shot a 366 for MHS. Colton Payne led Mason City with a 459.

A strong night from Samantha Tocheri wasn’t enough for the Bobcats girls, which lost 2,707-2,037 to the Mohawks.

Tocheri led Marshalltown with a 292 series, while Tia Vergauwen added a 286.

“Samantha had a good night shooting 30 pins over her average,” McKeever said.

Kathleen Ferrin rolled a 280 series and Lily Neuan added a 253. Rebecca Broerman paced Mason City firing a 458 series and Samantha Radcliff tallied a 412 to give the visitors a 1,896-1,311 cushion heading into the Baker games.

Both Bobcat squads return to action at the Totem Bowl Thursday at noon for the state qualifier. The boys have won the last two state-qualifying meets and are seeking their third straight trip to the Class 2A state meet.

“I have a lot of expectations for the boys as I know what they are capable of doing at home, but they need to stay on top of their game and not get too comfortable,” McKeever said. “The girls need a very solid night, but nothing is impossible. I do have high hopes for Tia to qualify for girls individuals. A state tournament chance as a first-year coach would be awesome.”

MHS will compete against Mason City, Ankeny, Southeast Polk and Urbandale. The winning team from each of the eight state qualifying meets advances along with the next two highest pin count totals state wide. Individual champions at each site earn an automatic berth, while the next eight highest pin totals across Iowa also will qualify.