Finally able to get in a competition, the Western Dubuque boys and girls split their bowling dates with Hempstead, Dec. 11, at Cobra Lanes.

The boys took the win, 2,932 -2,571, while the girls suffered a skinny 2,642-2,619 loss.

The Bobcats were up by 170 pins after the individual lines and coasted in with a baker advantage, missing just three spares. Jacob Butcher led all bowlers with 390 (191-199). Jude Ludwig and Nick Sweeney were next with 377 (192-185, 157-200), Ben Heiberger hit 368 (155-213) and Alec Nadermann 354 (197-157). Their baker scores were 245, 227, 214, 209 and 171 for a 1066 total.

Hempstead got a 357 from Dakota Rupp, 353 from Colton Kinsella, 347 from Ian Ninneman, 323 from Alex Scheffert and 316 from Trent Kutsch. Their bakers included 181, 214, 144, 145 and 191 for 875.

On the girls side, the baker games were the Bobcats’ downfall. They led as well going in with an 1,891, a 104-pin advantage. But a 106 in the fourth baker compared to Hempstead’s 213 doomed the Bobcats to the loss.

Sam Nueses led all totals with 431 (244-187), followed by Sara Horsfield 417 (219-198), Hannah Kluesner 391 (265-126), Kirsten Butcher 346 (156-190) and Lanie Konzen 306 (146-160). Their bakers consisted of 152, 166, 152, 106 and 152 for a 728 total.

For the Mustangs, Erin Langel rolled 409, Kirsten Mitchell 346, Zoe Schultz and Erika Rohner 345, Emily Miller 342. Their bakers were 179, 163, 143, 213 and 157 for an 855.