The Marshalltown boys' bowling team put a little distance between itself and its closest conference rival.
The Bobcats beat nemesis Fort Dodge by 220 pins Thursday night at Totem Bowl, taking down the Dodgers 3,171-2,951. Marshalltown matched its season-high team scoring total in picking up a pivotal victory in Central Iowa Conference North Division play.
"The boys did what they set out to do and won," said MHS coach Jeremiah McKeever. "This was their grudge match, but it was all in fun."
Fort Dodge edged MHS by three pins for last year's CIML Iowa Conference tournament title, though the Bobcats went on to finish ahead of the Dodgers during the state meet.
Thursday's dual meet was a well-contested one, though a 122-pin advantage gave the Bobcats an early advantage through individual play.
Grant Whitmore posted the top two-game series score of the meet, rolling 225-257-482 for medalist honors. Dacoda Ewalt was second overall with a 191-267-458, and Aaron Schwandt scored a 214-226-440. Kyle Bartles added a 207 game in his 398, and Zach Thomsen rolled a 196 in his 345 set.
Drew Hanson (446) and Jacob Ladlie (441) led the Dodgers, with Ladlie's 268 game serving as the top round of the night.
The Bobcat girls continued to score higher than a year ago, though it was not enough to defeat Fort Dodge. The Dodgers had five individual scores of 307 or better on their way to a 2,440-2,018 victory.
Tia Vergauwen led MHS with a 165-188-353 series, followed by Mercedies Bills (304), Kathleen Ferrin (270), Samantha Tocheri (234) and Crysa Vergauwen (227).
Grant Halvorsen led the MHS boys' junior varsity squad with a 210 game and a 375 series, and the Bobcats won easily, 2,603-1,969.
Marshalltown closes out the first half of the season with Monday's home dual meet against Ankeny.