Bobcats put up new bests to sweep conference pair

Senior Night brought out the best in the Bobcats.

The Marshalltown girls’ bowling team rolled a season-high while the MHS boys tallied their top score in their last four meets, and both teams swept a pair of duals from Southeast Polk and Urbandale on Tuesday at Totem Bowl.

Bobcat senior Tia Vergauwen tallied the team’s top game and series with her 183-197-380, while sophomore Lindsay Wiegand posted her new season-best game and series with a 160-168-328.

Seniors Sam Tocheri (307) and Kathleen Ferrin (299) also contributed to the team scoring, and Jenna Vergauwen’s 291 rounded it out for the Bobcats in their new top score of 2,478. They ousted both Urbandale (2,375) and Southeast Polk (2,328) to improve to 7-5 in dual meets this year.

“Lindsay Weigand had a great day for us, and we need that going into conference,” said assistant coach Andy Schwandt. “We have four seniors in Tia, Sam, Kathleen and Lily (Neuan), and they came to play. Who wouldn’t want to end the season on a high note? Hats off to them.”

Urbandale’s Katie Schultz had the high game and series of the match (180-246-426).

The Bobcat boys improved to 8-4 on the year with their 3,161 team total, defeating both Southeast Polk (2,985) and Urbandale (2,689). Marshalltown sophomore Brandon Freese had the high game of the match and the second-best series, rolling a 225-276-501.

Floyd Speck, a junior, filled in with a 245-213-458 set for the Bobcats, while seniors Brett Wax (423), Gavin Huntley (410) and Calvin Halvorsen (403) rounded out the final team tally.

“This was a good way to send the seniors out on Senior Day,” said assistant Stacy Galema. “We love bowling at Totem Bowl and wanted to finish the regular season and last home meet strong.”

Urbandale boasted the top series with Joseph Raygor’s 509, while Southeast Polk chalked up the high Baker games with a 1,026 total.

The Bobcats are back in action Thursday with a trip to Plaza Lanes in Des Moines for the Central Iowa Conference tournament. The same site will host next Tuesday’s state-qualifying meet.