Meet medalists lead Bobcat bowling teams to sweep of host Roughriders

DES MOINES – The Marshalltown boys’ bowling team came up shy of its season average but still handled Des Moines Roosevelt on Monday. The Bobcat girls exceeded their average and stunned the Roughriders.

Tia Vergauwen matched her season-high with a 223 game and was the meet’s high scorer with a 383 series, leading the Marshalltown girls to a narrow 2,395-2,334 triumph over Roosevelt (6-3) in Monday’s CIML dual at Air Lanes Bowling Center.

Sam Tocheri contributed a 339 series, Jenna Vergauwen rolled a 330 series, Lindsay Wiegand established a new season-high with her 293, and Kathleen Ferrin’s 290 rounded out the individual scoring for MHS.

The Bobcat girls (3-4) led by 90 pins after individual play and held off the Roughriders in the Baker games despite getting outscored 789-760. Marshalltown’s 2,395 total was its second-highest score of the season.

“I’m very proud of the girls’ effort and performance today,” said Bobcat assistant coach Andy Schwandt. “They stepped up in the individual games to give us a lead going into Bakers.”

Anna Andrade led the Roughriders with a 369 series and Ollivia Enos had a 356.

On the boys’ side, Marshalltown’s Severio Mancieri had his high game of the season as the Bobcats prevailed by nearly 300 pins, 2,993-2,702. Mancieri rolled a 206-267-473 to lead all bowlers, edging Roosevelt’s Mason Evans (210-259-469).

Mancieri was one of four Bobcats to eclipse a 400 series, followed by Floyd Speck (428), Calvin Halverson (413) and Brandon Freese (411). Gavin Huntley’s 338 rounded out the team scoring.

“We had four bowlers above 400, which is fantastic,” said MHS assistant Stacy Galema. “It’s our second meet in a row reaching that feat so hopefully we can stay consistent with that.”

The Bobcats averaged just 186 across the five Baker games and were barely outscored by the ‘Riders, 935-930, to finish shy of their season scoring average of 3,048.

“We were just under 3,000, so we’re in the neighborhood of where we need to be,” Galema added. “Bakers, across the board, are the struggle point right now so hopefully we can figure that out.”

The MHS junior varsity boys’ squad added to the sweep with a 2,364-1,953 victory, led by high game and series from Triston Cullor with a 184-191-375.

The Bobcats are back on the alleys today, joined by West Des Moines Valley for a double dual at Warrior Lanes in Waukee.