OTTUMWA — Coming off great performances in must-win Metro battles at home against Des Moines Lincoln, the Ottumwa bowling teams found the pins slightly tougher to bring down at Air Lanes in Des Moines. Putting down more pins than the hosting Roughriders of Des Moines Roosevelt wasn’t as difficult, however, as both the Bulldog girls and boys earned another CIML Metro sweep on Monday afternoon.
The Ottumwa girls, who had to rally in the final frames to beat Lincoln and regain a share of the Metro lead Thursday, kept that share with a 409-pin win over Roosevelt. The Bulldog girls finished with a team round of 2,736 with Michaela Maloy leading the way with a 219 average.
“For where we bowled, I thought that was a pretty good score,” Ottumwa girls head bowling coach Doug Techel said. “If we bowled on those lanes all the time, we’d be used to them. We had some trouble picking up the corner pins. We’ve just got to keep putting an emphasis on picking up our spares.”
The Ottumwa boys, who set a season high with a 3,310-score against Lincoln on Thursday, settled for a 3,101 score at Air Lanes. That effort was more then good enough to beat Roosevelt, who finished at 2,441 - 660 pins back of the unbeaten Bulldog boys.
“We’re really happy with that score on those lanes,” Bulldog boys head coach Brett Salter said. “It was a really slow start, we only shot about 900 in the first games.”
“Once again, we stepped it up in the baker games. It took a little while to get it lined up, but once we did we were off.”
Austin Palmer led the Ottumwa boys (8-0, 8-0), finishing with an average of 203. Alan Brady was right behind his Bulldog teammate, finishing just three pins back with a 200 average.
The Ottumwa JV teams also picked up Metro conference wins over Roosevelt. The Bulldog JV girls beat Roosevelt, 2,274-1,810, with Sadie Shaw rolling a team-best 172 average.
The Ottumwa boys JV squad won by nearly 1,100 pins with a 2,731 score. Lukas Jordan had the best average of any Bulldog bowler, leading the JV with a 228 average.
Both the Ottumwa girls (7-1, 7-1) and boys bowling squads return home to Champion Bowl Thursday for a Metro conference meet with Des Moines Roosevelt starting at 2:30 p.m.
Ottumwa vs. Des Moines Roosevelt
At Air Lanes, Des Moines
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 2,736; 2. Des Moines Roosevelt 2,327.
Ottumwa Individuals: Michaela Maloy 219, Sierra Lennie 203, Sydney Swallow 198, Payton Wilbanks 174, Ali Salter 164, Cybil Lennie 156.
Girls Junior Varsity
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 2,274; 2. Des Moines Roosevelt 1,810.
Ottumwa Individuals: Sadie Shaw 172, Nikki Mitchell 163, Whitney Bone 142, Ashley Schooley 136, Madison Ware 123.
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 3,101; 2. Des Moines Roosevelt 2,441.
Ottumwa Individuals: Austin Palmer 203, Alan Brady 200, Anthony Roberts 192, Tyler Ollom 189, Isaac Goodman 186, Joey Lee 174.
Boys Junior Varsity
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 2,731; 2. Des Moines Roosevelt 1,638.
Ottumwa Individuals: Lukas Jordan 228, Brandon Evans 184, Ryan Hagist 180, Tyler Bartlett 172, Braxton Coble 161, Jordan Mitchell 140.