MP boys win, girls lose in Senior Day tangle with Chiefs
The Mt. Pleasant bowling teams hosted rival Keokuk at Iris Bowling Center Saturday. The boys claimed a win in the tangle with the Chiefs, but the girls’ team was dealt its first loss of the season.
The Panther boys won the Senior Day contest by a score of 2,769-2,634, and the girls’ team lost to the Chiefs by a score of 2,677-2,573.
“I felt like it was kind of a ho-hum type of day for both of our varsity squads,” Coach Troy Mears said. “The boys did get a victory — although, they just bowled good enough to win.
“They had an excellent week last week, which I think kind of set the bar high for them for this meet and for the rest of the year,” he added. “Their score today was nowhere near their potential; however, a win is a win and I am still proud of them for that.”
The team was led by Brock Palar, who rolled games of 226 and 195 for a total of 421.
“Brock Palar had a good series,” Mears said. “He has been very consistent all year long and has one of the best game averages in the state in Class 1A.”
Clayton Sammons scored 368 on games of 190 and 178, followed closely by Jacob Swailes, who rolled a 360 on games of 192 and 168.
Swailes was followed by Jordan Meyer, who scored 352 on games of 171 and 181; Cameron Sammons, who scored 338 on games of 191 and 147; and Austin Meyer, who scored 330 on games of 138 and 192.
The team is now 5-1 on the season.
The girls’ team is also 5-1 after suffering their first loss of the season.
“The girls did improve greatly on their Baker games; however, their individual games were down this week,” Mears said. “Their total score is still a relatively high score in comparison to other teams in the state; it just wasn’t quite enough to beat the always-tough Keokuk girls on this day.”
The Panthers were led by Tasha Glover’s score of 375 and Maddie Kirchner’s score of 374.
Glover rolled games of 197 and 178, and Kirchner scored 171 and 203.
“Maddie Kirchner rolled extremely well today,” Mears said.
Chelsea Sammons scored 203 and 165 in her games for a total of 368, and Tori Roe scored 316 for the Panthers on games of 168 and 148.
Roe was followed by Jacque Gerleman with a score of 257 (140 and 117) and Emma Overton with a score of 224 (110 and 114).
“We get at least three more chances to get Keokuk yet this year,” Mears said. “Today (Saturday) was a good measuring stick to see just how well we have to do to top them.”
The JV teams also competed against Keokuk Saturday; the boys’ team won by a score of 2,135-1,983, and the girls’ won by a score of 2,022-1,419.
Both teams remain 6-0 on the season.
“The JV boys and JV girls both won handily,” Mears said. “Jordon Phomsouvandara bowled very well to lead the boys, while Sara Smith bowled well to lead the girls. Both of them may be contending for a shot on the varsity in the near future.”
Phomsouvandara scored 385 on games of 185 and 200, while Smith scored 320 on games of 180 and 140.
All four Mt. Pleasant teams will compete again on Thursday at Champion Bowl in Ottumwa.