The Western Dubuque boys’ bowling team suffered its first loss of the season Dec. 17 when the Bobcats welcomed Hempstead to Cobra Lanes. The Mustangs brought into the meet an average of over 200 per game. They blew that average away and managed to defeat the Bobcats 3,226-2,916.

Hempstead jumped out of the gates hot in the individual games round as they had four bowlers record series over 400, highlighted by Colton Kinsella’s 491 (258-233).

Jacob Butcher was the high man for Western Dubuque with a 408 (185-223). Nathan Kramer 407 (214-193), David Roth 400 (193-207), Ben Heiberger 389 (167-222) and Alec Nadermann 374 (183-191) all added scores. Nathan Vaske’s 367 (192-175) was not counted.

The Bobcats added baker games of 255, 179, 197, 148 and 159, good enough for a 938. But Hempstead kept their foot on the pedal as they shot games of 244, 199, 181, 233 and 174 for 1,031.

“We had our hands full tonight with Dubuque Hempstead,” coach Grant Kramer said. “I’m proud of our team’s relentlessness and drive.”

Energy levels were high for Hempstead as the bowlers fed off of each other’s bowling and stunned the Bobcats early.

“It was good for us as a team to realize what it takes to compete at this level,” he said. “We have a lot of stuff to work on before our next meet.”