Panthers defeat Fairfield, stay focused on stateMt. Pleasant girls’ and boys’ bowling
The Mt. Pleasant bowlers picked up weekend wins over Fairfield as they continue to prepare for the upcoming state-qualifying meet.
“I was very happy with the results on Saturday,” Coach Troy Mears said.
The girls rolled a 2,498 to beat Fairfield’s 2,217 at the Iris Bowling Center in Mt. Pleasant.
The Panthers were led by Steph Ford’s 419 (214 and 205).
She was followed by Tori Roe, 356; Chelsea Sammons, 332; Tasha Glover, 294; Jacque Gerleman, 293; and Maddie Kirchner, 226.
“The varsity girls bowled a fairly decent score, led by Steph Ford’s 419 series,” Mears said. “They will need to bowl at least that good, if not better, at the state-qualifying meet to try to stamp their ticket to the state tournament again.”
The Panthers upped their record to 10-1 with the win.
On the boys’ side of the meet, Mt. Pleasant came up with a score of 2,973 to defeat Fairfield, which rolled a 2,615.
The Panthers were led by Daniel Ruth’s 509 (276 and 233).
He was followed by Brock Palar, 482; Dustin Higginbotham, 390; Jordan Meyer, 349; Ryan Francy, 306; and Kasey Kirby, 284.
“Our varsity boys really bowled well, especially in the individual games,” Mears said.
“Ruth and Palar’s scores were outstanding and Higginbotham rolled well also.
“They also had a couple decent Baker games, but did seem to fall off substantially in the last three Baker games,” Mears added. “They will need to be consistently higher on their Baker games in the weeks to come to better their chances of getting to the state tournament.”
The boys are now 8-3 on the season.
The Panthers will bowl again Saturday when they host rival Keokuk at Iris Bowling Center. The meet begins at 1 p.m.
It will be their last meet of the regular season, and will be their senior day. They will recognize the seniors on the team immediately before competition.
The Panthers will then compete in the state qualifying meet, which they are hosting on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.
The Mt. Pleasant JV teams also bowled on Saturday.
Fairfield has two JV boys’ teams, so the Panthers took on both of them. The Trojans do not have enough girls for a JV team, so the Mt. Pleasant girls bowled on their own.
The Mt. Pleasant JV boys rolled a score of 2,126, which put them between the Fairfield teams. The Trojans bowled scores of 2,320 and 2,025.
The Panthers were led by Jacob Swailes’ 373 (167 and 206). He was followed by Russell Heerdt, 318; Wolfgang Shumacher, 300; Jordan Walter, 265; and Tyler Strah, 189.
Their record is now 5-3.
The JV girls, who are 6-1 on the season, scored 1,648.
They were led by Kelsey Wolf’s score of 279 (169 and 110).
She was followed by Marissa Sprague, 226; Madison Stearns, 212; Emily Larson, 209; and Tasha Henderson, 183.
“All in all, I was very proud of our teams' performances for the day,” Mears said.