Despite challenging lane conditions, the Western Dubuque boys knocked off Iowa City, City High in bowling action, Dec. 22, at Colonial Lanes.
“We knew going in that the lanes were in tough shape,” said coach Grant Kramer. “The boys bowled here last year and were ready. They muscled through and bowled as well as they could.”
The Bobcats took the meet by just over 100 pins, a margin that developed pretty much during their baker games. Up 1,893-,1,845 going in, they rolled baker games of 162, 232, 194, 167, and 200 for a 955 total, topping City High’s 193, 163, 186, 182 and 174 for 898.
Jude Ludwig paced the team with 435 (179-256), the first time he led totals. Jacob Butcher was next with 388 (184-204) a pin ahead of Ben Heiberger 387 (165-222). Also counting were Alec Nadermann with 344 (134-215) and Nolan Vaske 334 (155-179). Not counting was a 267 (139-128) from Nick Sweeney.
City High counted scores of 427 from Dylan Irvin, 411 from Nick Saltzman, 355 from Maxwell Berger, 3346 from Zach Russell and 326 from Nile Franz.
“Our team has so much depth this year,” added Kramer. “The fact that Jude is like the fourth different bowler to lead totals speaks to that. The guys just step up when they’re needed. And the fact that we’re bowling well in the bakers doesn’t hurt us any. That’s been the strong point of our meets.”
The Lady Bobcats were not so lucky, falling to City High 2,647 to 2,444. They trailed their counterparts after the first round 1,741 to 1,634 and couldn’t make up the difference in the baker round. Their scores of 138, 151, 184, 188 and 149 for an 810 total fell short of Iowa City’s 906 (174, 199, 205, 171, 157).
Sara Horsfield led scoring with 357 (203-154), third high on the day to City High’s Carlie Prymek with 399, and Jilian Hubble 361. Sam Neuses was next for the Bobcats with 344 (174-170), fourth high on the day. Lanie Konzen fired 329 (151-178), Ceci Daly 308 (142-166) and Kirsten Butcher 293 (127-169). Addie Kress did not count with 210 (106-104).
For City High, it was, in addition to Prymek and Hubble, Elyse Rios 343, Britney Russell 325 and Tracey Cirillo 313.
Coach Larry Knipper commented, “All of our bowlers were unopposed because they set up the meet with their JV girls on lanes 1 and 2, Varsity girls lanes 3-4, JV boys 5-6, varsity boys 7-8 and then the Bobcats were on 9-10 (varsity boys), JV boys 11-12, varsity girls 13-14 and JV girls 15-16.
“It was like having a practice on someone else’s lanes. We could not see how Iowa City was bowling because they were 10 lanes away from us. It was hard to get the girls motivated because of that set up, since we had no idea if we were up or down during the meet.”