OTTUMWA — The numbers told a simple story. Monday was the best day on the lanes for the Ottumwa bowling teams.
Both the unbeaten Bulldog boys and one-loss girls rolled their best team scores in CIML Metro wins over Des Moines East. Both girls head coach Doug Techel and boys coach Brett Salter were hopeful, however, that the best was yet to come.
“I think this team realized what spares mean,” Techel said after the Ottumwa girls won by nearly 1,000 pins with a 2,948-1,863 victory over East. “We could have shot 3,100 and it was single pins that we missed on.
“The whole goal of this season is to get to state and have a good showing once we’re there,” Techel added. “Once the girls learn how important those single-pin spares are, this team is probably capable of winning the state tournament.”
While the Ottumwa girls had hopes of moving into the 3,000-pin scoring range, the Bulldogs boys narrowly missed out on their new team scoring goal Monday. Ottumwa rolled a season-high 3,195 to win by 531 pins over the Scarlets, finishing five pins shy of the 3,200 team score the Bulldogs initially shot for last week in a Thursday win at Des Moines Hoover.
“We’re still trying to fine-tune some of the mistakes in our game. We’re definitely happy with the 3,195,” Salter said. “Our initial goal for the year was to shoot 3,000. That means everyone’s averaging a 200.”
Ottumwa was well within range of having to set a new team scoring goal as the Bulldogs took a 2,195 score into the baker game. A slow start, however, kept Ottumwa from the 3,200 plateau.
“We were able to rebound somewhat in the baker game. We’re just trying to make sure right now we’re not giving much away whether our score ends up at 3,200 or not.”
Anthony Roberts led Ottumwa with a 232 average, beating out teammate Alan Brady by just one pin for the best individual score in the varsity boys meet. Tyler Ollom had the third-best score in the meet with a 226 average.
The Ottumwa JV boys also won, beating East 2,672-2,399. Austin Palmer led the Bulldogs with a 191 average.
The Bulldog girls were led by Sydney Swallow’s 237 average while Payton Wilbanks finished second with a 231. The Ottumwa girls battled themselves more then East in their effort improve picking up spares and strikes.
“We work on them during practice, but we just haven’t been able to do it as much during matches,” Sierra Lennie said after rolling a 183 average for the Ottumwa girls. “It did seem like we threw more strikes than we usually do.”
Lennie’s younger sister, Cybil, led the Ottumwa JV girls to a 2,479-1,342 win over East with a 198 average. After starting the year on the varsity level, the younger Lennie used a simple philosophy to work her way back to the varsity team.
“I was thinking about it more,” Cybil Lennie said. “I slowed down and concentrated on what I’m doing.”
Techel hopes that philosophy carries over to the rest of the Ottumwa girls (4-1, 4-1), who join the Bulldog boys (5-0, 5-0) at Des Moines North on Thursday at 3 p.m.
“It’s to the point where the girls have to concentrate on what they have to do,” Techel said.
Ottumwa vs. Des Moines East
At Champion Bowl, Ottumwa
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2,948; Des Moines East 1,863.
Ottumwa Individuals: Sydney Swallow 237, Payton Wilbanks 231, Ali Salter 212, Sierra Lennie 183, Lynissa Lasley 164, Michaela Malloy 159.
Girls Junior Varsity
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2,479; Des Moines East 1,342.
Ottumwa Individuals: Cybil Lennie 198, Whitney Bone 174, Ashley Schooley 174, Haley Frederick 163, Sadie Shaw 161, Nikki Mitchell 136.
Team Scores: Ottumwa 3,195; Des Moines East 2,664.
Ottumwa Individuals: Anthony Roberts 232, Alan Brady 231, Tyler Ollom 226, Isaac Goodman 199, Joey Lee 191, Braxton Coble 179.
Boys Junior Varsity
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2,672; Des Moines East 2,399.
Ottumwa Individuals: Austin Palmer 191, Tyler Barnett 189, Robert Sledge 180, Maddison Ware 178, Jordan Mitchell 172, Lukas Jordan 171, Ryan Haigst 166, Kolten Fountain 163, Todd Swartz 163, Noah Wallace 156, Justin Synder 151, Courtney Smith 145, Anthony Rimmer 138, Mike Wiley 136.