After giving up a 40-pin lead in the regular portion of their meet with Dubuque Senior Feb. 8 at Cobra Lanes, the Western Dubuque boys roared back and claimed the meet with stellar Baker games.

The Bobcats trailed 1,965-2,005 after the first round and began the Baker round with a slim 9-pin advantage in the first line, 193-184. It went downhill fast in the second line, 102-161, and they found themselves down 50 pins. Then the turnaround settled in. The Bobcats rolled games of 200, 235 and 203 for a total of 1013 to eke out a 2,978-2,909 win over the Rams. During that time the Rams rolled 179, 191 and 189 for 904.

Coach Al Heiberger added, “Thank goodness we bowled a good Bakers. I don’t know what happened in the first round, obviously we didn’t hit enough strikes. But things came together in the Bakers. Our advantage was that we have a team of good bowlers. Senior had two good guys and the rest were not quite there. The difference showed up in Bakers.”

In the regular rounds, David Roth paced the team again with a 442 (213-229). Zack Butcher added 399 (183-216), Nathan Vaske 390 (209-181), Bailey Rice 373 (191-182) and Spencer Clouse 361 (171-190). Nathan Kramer’s 342 (163-179) did not count.

For the girls, a two-pin lead in the regular portion of the meet, 1,935-1,933, blossomed during their Bakers when they rolled nothing less than 176 and the Rams rolled only one game higher than that. For the Bobcats, games of 180, 176, 195, 185 and 210 tallied a strong 946 for a 2,881 total. The Rams rolled lines of 170, 138, 169, 170 and 181 for an 828 and a 2,761 total.

Coach Kay Heiberger added, “The girls really bowled well tonight and bowled as a team. Only being up by two going into Bakers made them really pull together and they pulled it off. We really picked up a lot of our spares tonight as you can tell by the scores. Amanda has been bowling great and Riley and Sara have improved their game in the past three weeks. We go to Districts Tuesday (Feb. 12) and I think the girls are ready.”

For the Bobcats, Amanda Besler led totals with 426 (216-210). Morgan Theisen was next at 392 (222-170), followed by Sara Horsfield 383 (192-190), Olivia Neyen 374 (190-184) and Rylie Bergfeld 360 (177-183). Not counting was Grace Kramer at 292 (159-133).