Le Mars boys sneak past MMCRU/RSM
LE MARS — It came down to the final frame between the Le Mars Community and MMCRU/RSM boys bowling teams on Monday, February 5, with the Bulldogs edging out an eight point victory. The final score was 2,995-2,987 in favor of Le Mars. West Sioux bowled a score of 1,891.
“This was an exciting night for anyone watching this shootout,” Le Mars Coach Kellie Bork said. “When all said and done we were only separated by eight pins. I have said all year this MMCRU team brings their best and they have all been close. This is the fourth meeting between us this season and I’m glad we don’t have to bowl them again. I want to give them a ton of credit for coming in here tonight and bowling one of their highest totals of the season.”
MMCRU/RSM held a lead of over 100 heading into the Baker games. Le Mars fought back to take the lead after the third with games of 236 and 225 in the second and third, but lost it again heading into the final game. The Bulldogs scored a 183 in their final game, which was good enough to come back and claim the win.
“I want to give our boys a ton of credit for hanging in there to the very end,” Bork said. “Kody and Trey struggled during individual games, but were huge during Bakers. Lane was super hot all night finishing with a 467 and also rolling well in the Bakers.”
Lane Poulson had a high game of 266 en route to his team-high series. Blake Rush added a 388 series while Evan Berkenpas, filling in for an ill teammate, ended third best on the team with a 384.
Cody Dias and Cam Miller led MMCRU/RSM with series scores of 450.
The Le Mars girls came away with a win of nearly 500 as they beat MMCRU/RSM 2,743-2,264. West Sioux ended with a score of 1,149.
“This was a great way to end the regular season. Now we focus on districts,” Coach Gail Swanberg said. “We have a great group of seniors this year and I’d really like to see them go all the way to state. If they all step up again we should be really tough to beat.”
Brooke Westhoff had the best game score of the day with a 237 as she finished second in the series scores with a 394. Lexi Schroeder had the best series score with a 404 with her top game being a 215. Caitlynne Peters and Steph Williams both rolled a 366.
Both teams prepare for the state qualifying meets next week. Le Mars will host a Class 2A qualifier while MMCRU/RSM will have to travel to Fort Dodge for their 1A qualifying event.