WAUKEE — The Ottumwa bowling team faced tough lanes, leading to tough scoring conditions, in their final dual meet of the season. Despite below-average scores, the Bulldog boys and girls earned another sweep over Waukee at Warrior Lanes on Monday, polishing up a nearly perfect run through their 11 duals this season.
The Bulldog boys completed an unbeaten dual season by knocking off the Warriors by 417 pins. Ottumwa finished right at 2,700 for the day, giving the Bulldogs a perfect 11-0 record despite a less-than-perfect day.
“We won, but we knew this meet would be a tough scoring one,” Ottumwa boys head coach Brett Salter said. “There were no real surprises.”
Tyler Ollom led the Ottumwa boys with a 204 average, the only Bulldog bowler to post a 200-score on the day. Isaac Goodman followed up with a 188 as the Bulldogs will look to improve, and keep winning, on Thursday at home for the CIML Metro Conference meet.
“It’s been a confidence builder being unbeaten. We tend to bowl as good as we can when we can,” Salter said. “We’re trying to get across to them we need better scores. We just mentally want to put this day behind us and get back to what we do.”
The Ottumwa JV boys also won against Waukee, 2,389-1,788. Braxton Coble led the Bulldog JV squad with a 179 average.
The Bulldogs girls capped a 10-win dual season with their ninth straight win, a 2,524-2,245 victory over Waukee, on Monday. Sierra Lennie led the way for the Ottumwa girls with a 190 average as the Bulldog girls (10-1) overcame an early-season setback in Metro action at Des Moines Lincoln.
“These were probably the toughest lanes we’ve bowled at least as far as the shot conditions were concerned,” Ottumwa head girls bowling coach Doug Techel said. “We were trying to get what we could pick up. That was our goal.”
“It’s one of these meets where it’s tough to bowl and it really doesn’t mean anything in the conference. You always want to bowl well, but there are some places we just won’t score as well.”
The Ottumwa JV girls just missed out on making the final dual day a perfect one, falling by 78 pins to Waukee. The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs, 2,020-1,942, with Sadie Shaw rolling a 133 average to lead Ottumwa JV.
Both Bulldog bowling teams return home for one final day of competition at Champion Bowl this season, hosting the CIML Metro Meet in the final day of regular season action. Both Ottumwa teams will both be looking to build momentum from Thursday’s conference meet going into next week’s Class 2A district meet at AMF Lanes in Des Moines.
“We want to regroup and refresh ourselves going into this big two-week run we’ve got coming up,” Salter said of the Bulldog boys. We don’t want to get down on ourselves too much.”
“It would be nice to go into the postseaosn beating Lincoln for a second time,” Techel said of the Ottumwa girls.
Ottumwa vs. Waukee
At Warrior Lanes, Waukee
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 2,524; 2. Waukee 2,245.
Ottumwa Individuals: Sierra Lennie 190, Ali Salter 177, Madison Ware 162, Cybil Lennie 156, Michaela Maloy 151, Payton Wilbanks 139.
Girls Junior Varsity
Team Scores: 1. Waukee 2,020; 2. Ottumwa 1,942.
Ottumwa Individuals: Sadie Shaw 133, Lynissa Lasley 133, Whitney Bone 123, Nikki Mitchell 123, Morgan Whitmore 122, Ashley Schooley 113, Brenda Hernandez 93.
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 2,700; 2. Waukee 2,283.
Ottumwa Individuals: Tyler Ollom 204, Isaac Goodman 188, Jordan Mitchell 168, Joey Lee 168, Austin Palmer 161, Anthony Roberts 159.
Boys Junior Varsity
Team Scores: 1. Ottumwa 2,389; 2. Waukee 1,788.
Ottumwa Individuals: Braxton Coble 179, Ryan Haigst 174, Tyler Bartlett 163, Robert Sledge 154, Lukas Jordan 152, Brandon Evans 141.