Four individuals bowled sets of 421 or better, and a big Baker game score propelled the Marshalltown boys' bowling team to a 3,171-2,616 win over Urbandale in Thursday's dual meet at Totem Bowl.
Dacoda Ewalt rolled games of 234-235 to lead MHS (2-0) with a 469. Grant Whitmore (431), Aaron Schwandt (424) and Brett Wax (421) also put up big numbers, and Kyle Bartles' 374 rounded out a strong start to the Bobcats' day. MHS outscored Urbandale by more than 300 pins in the Bakers to put the J-Hawks away.
"It was another solid performance by the boys," said coach Jeremiah McKeever. "Now we just need to do some fine-tuning and make quality shots."
The MHS girls' varsity squad was defeated narrowly, 2,171-2,117. Urbandale had a 44-pin advantage in singles play and a 10-pin edge in Baker games.
Tia Vergauwen's 356 series led the Bobcats, while Kathleen Ferrin rolled a 289 and Lily Neuan added a 280. Mercedies Bills (244) and Samantha Tocheri (235) rounded out the MHS individual scoring.
"The girls bowled very well tonight, even if they came up short," McKeever said. "We still need to continue to improve on our spares."
Both Bobcat boys' junior varsity squads proved victorious on the day. The first JV team won 2,913-2,447 behind a 454 series by Brandon Freese, and the JV2 team won 2,108-1,975 with Carl Gastrow's 314 leading the way.
Next up for Marshalltown is Thursday's home dual meet with conference rival Fort Dodge.
"There has always been a fierce competition between us," McKeever said. "It started years ago with friends trying to beat friends and has just continued, as they have always had a good team."