Records fell at Cobra Lanes Dec. 17 when the Western Dubuque’s girls’ bowling team toppled the Hempstead Mustangs, 2,950-2,802. That score for Western Dubuque broke the program’s previous school record of 2,906 by 44 pins.
Olivia Neyen led the way with her season-high score of 450 (201-249). Sara Horsfield was not far behind with a 440 (215-225). The other three scores counted were Rylie Bergfeld 411 (196-215), Kirsten Butcher 385 (193-192) and Shelby Rice 369 (166-203). Grace Kramer’s 339 (151-188) did not count.
The Bobcats led by 185 pins after the individual games round. Western Dubuque then rolled baker games of 205, 191, 185, 162 and 152 which totaled 895. Hempstead made up some pins in this round with games of 171, 188, 215, 190 and 168 for a series of 932. However, the Mustangs could not dig out of the hole they had built themselves.
“We had a great meet against Hempstead and Olivia was locked in,” coach Kay Heiberger said.
Western Dubuque’s bowling program has been around for over a decade now. They have sent teams and individuals to the state tournament, but this score is one that will be remembered for a while.
“As a coach,” she said, “you always keep moving kids around to try and get their best. We broke the school record and all three veteran bowlers shot in the 400s.”