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Mt. Pleasant bowling splits with West Central

Jan 03, 2013
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit Mt. Pleasant’s Brock Palar competes in the meet against West Central on Wednesday.

BURLINGTON — The Mt. Pleasant varsity girls’ bowling team won its sixth straight meet when it defeated West Central (Ill.), 2,959-2,591, at KingPins in Burlington on Wednesday afternoon.

The Panther boys’ team fell to the Heat by a score of 3,451-3,225.

The girls remain undefeated while the boys drop to 4-2 on the season.

The meet was in a different format than Mt. Pleasant is used to. Because it was West Central’s home meet, the teams bowled according to Illinois regulations: they bowled three individual games, as opposed to two individual games and five Baker games.

The Mt. Pleasant girls were led by Steph Ford’s three-game total of 553. Ford rolled games of 240, 170 and 179.

She was followed by Tori Roe, who had a total score of 524 on games of 177, 164 and 183.

Chelsea Sammons bowled a 491; Maddie Kirchner finished with a score of 471; Tasha Glover rolled a 462 and Rachel Wesely scored 453.

“Once again I felt like our varsity girls bowled pretty well,” Coach Troy Mears said. “They are very tough competition for their opponents. I would really like to see them continue to be as dominant as they have been and make a great run at their third state tournament appearance.”

The varsity boys were led by Dustin Higginbotham’s 586. He rolled scores of 192, 202 and 192. Brock Palar was close behind with a three-games score of 575 (200, 162 and 213).

He was followed by Daniel Ruth, 562; Spencer Kirby, 552; Markus Morris, 522; and Ryan Francy, 428.

“The West Central varsity boys have a very strong team and rolled extremely well against our boys,” Mears said. “We are still looking to get a little more consistency from our boys team in order for us to be more competitive each meet.”

The Panthers will host Louisa-Muscatine Saturday, Jan. 5 at Iris Bowling Center. Mears notes that there might be a lineup change before then.

“Kasey Kirby bowled extremely well for the JV boys team,” Mears said. Kirby had a three-game total of 527.

“He will probably find himself back in the varsity lineup on Saturday.”

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