Ottumwa deals MP girls’ bowling team first loss
Defending Class 2A champion Ottumwa dealt the Mt. Pleasant girls’ bowling team its first loss of the season last week, and the boys also fell to the Bulldogs.
The Panther girls fell by a score of 2,875-2,591, dropping to 8-1 on the season after getting a win against the defending champions in Class 1A, Keokuk.
“Not many teams in the state can say that they had to compete against the 1A state champs on Monday and the 2A state champs on Thursday of the same week,” Coach Troy Mears said.
The Panthers were led by Tasha Glover’s 345 on the day. She was followed by Steph Ford, 333; Chelsea Sammons, 328; Maddie Kirchner, 328; Tori Roe, 325; and Jacque Gerleman, 269.
“Usually when we go to Ottumwa, we bowl our varsity teams against their JV teams since they are in a bigger class than we are,” Mears said. “This time, however, we bowled against the varsity teams. We fared pretty well, considering ... we actually scored higher than them in the Baker games. Ottumwa just has too many powerhouse bowlers that score extremely well in the individual games.
“I still feel like it was good for our girls team to face competition like that,” he added. “Although it does put a blemish on the undefeated record, it helps prepare them for tougher postseason competition.”
In the boys’ meet, the Panthers fell by a score of 3,240-2,826.
They were led by Dustin Higginbotham’s 413. He was followed by Daniel Ruth, 387; Jordan Meyer, 386; Brock Palar, 382; Kasey Kirby, 377; and Ryan Francy, 355.
They are now 6-3 on the season.
“Ottumwa, who placed third in state for Class 2A last year, was once again overwhelming for our boys,” Mears said. “Our boys bowled decent but couldn’t keep up with the huge games rolled by Ottumwa.”
The Panther bowlers host Fairfield on Saturday at noon.