Bobcat bowlers split in trip to Mason City

MASON CITY – The Marshalltown boys’ bowling team found the Baker games it had been looking for, coming through with a big finish to beat Mason City 3,127-2,940 on Thursday night.

The Bobcat girls, however, were handed a defeat of better than 500 pins by the host Mohawks – 2,807-2,238 – at Mystic Lanes.

Brandon Freese bowled season-highs with a 254 game and a 479 series in leading the MHS boys to victory. Floyd Speck rolled 223-202-425 and Brett Wax had 194-211-405, but the Bobcats carried just a 26-pin lead from individual play.

A season-best Baker total of 1,132 helped MHS pull away.

“We had some guys start to hang their heads after the individuals,” said MHS assistant coach Stacy Galema. “The break between the two rounds allowed them to regroup and come together as a team.”

Kathleen Ferrin also posted a season-high game and series to lead the Bobcat girls in defeat. Ferrin finished with a 181-136-317, while Sam Tocheri was close behind with 156-147-313.

Tia Vergauwen (286), Jenna Vergauwen (276) and Lily Neuan (248) rounded out the MHS scoring.

Mason City’s Rebecca Broermann led all players with a 221-214-435 set.

Marshalltown will host Southeast Polk and Urbandale on Senior Night Tuesday at Totem Bowl.