Western Dubuque hosted a bowling meet against Cedar Falls Feb. 6 even though it wasn’t supposed to be a home meet. Maple Lanes, home of the Tigers, burned down earlier last week, so the Bobcats held the meet. No gate was collected by WD, but donations at the front door were taken for the Cedar Falls bowlers.
There were no road woes for the Tigers as they defeated the Bobcats 2,946-2,764.
Jacob Butcher 376 (193-183) was the high man for Western Dubuque. Nathan Kramer 360 (168-192), Alec Nadermann 360 (189-171), Nathan Vaske 359 (197-162) and Ben Heiberger 358 (158-198) all added scores. Bailey Rice’s 347 (159-188) was not counted. Cedar Falls led by over 100 pins going into the baker games.
“The biggest thing we struggled with as a team was just simply self-confidence,” coach Grant Kramer said. “Having confidence in yourself is half of the game.”
Round two also went to the Tigers, 1,003-953. Games of 220, 216, 202, 137 and 178 weren’t good enough to get the win. Cedar Falls shot 165, 232, 169, 171 and 266.
“I am not concerned one bit,” Kramer said. “We are a great squad and we know how dangerous we can be. If we just be ourselves and bowl the way we know we can, I have all the confidence in the world in my guys.”
On the girls’ side, both of these teams brought a top 13 average in the state into the meet. Neither team disappointed as they rolled over their team averages. The Bobcats pulled out a narrow win over the Tigers 2,705-2,700.
Freshman Kirsten Butcher continued her great year as she was high bowler once again with a 382 series (203-179). Rylie Bergfeld 365 (191-174), Sam Neuses 362 (180-182), Sara Horsfield 353 (194-159) and Grace Kramer 338 (169-169) all added scores while Olivia Neyen’s 330 (174-156) was kept out.
Western Dubuque trailed by 32 pins, 1,832-1,800, going into the baker games.
The Bobcats fought back with a huge 240 their third game. Their other scores were 166, 182, 158 and 159 for a 905 series. The Tigers rolled games of 127, 178, 205, 153 and 205 for an 868.
WD’s next meet is in Clinton Feb. 15, against Burlington, Cedar Falls, Hempstead, Senior, Maquoketa, North Scott and Waterloo East. This is the final meet for them before their State Qualifying meet Feb. 18.
“I’ve been watching these teams grow all year and the biggest thing I’m looking forward to is finally being able to prove ourselves when it matters most,” Kramer said.