Rallying to victory in a roll-off, the Marshalltown girls bowling team already matched its win total from last year in its season debut at the Totel Bowl Tuesday.
Earning a 152-116 advantage over Des Moines Roosevelt in the extra round, the Bobcats (1-0) totaled a final team score of 2,300 to fend off the Roughriders who finished at 2,264.
With four new members in their lineup, the Bobcats held a 1,493-1,393 advantage before the baker round where the Roughriders made up the deficit 755-655. Samantha Tochieri led the Bobcats with a series score of 333, while Kathleen Ferrin rolled a 332. Tia Vergauwen (293), Mercedies Bills (283), Lindsay Wiegand (252) completed the team score. Anna Andrade paced the visitors with a score of 314.
"The girls got off to a great start by averaging an outstanding 20 pins higher than last season," said Marshalltown Coach Jeremiah McKeever.
"I think with some spare improvement, we definitely can compete at a higher level than last year. They have a lot of potential."
Ahead of the individual pace set by last year's squad, the Marshalltown boys bowling team defeated Des Moines Roosevelt in convincing fashion.
Averaging two pins better than the 2012-13 squad in individual scoring, the Bobcats (1-0) trumped the Roughriders 3,143-2,791.
"That's pretty good for the first meet with three new varsity members," McKeever.
Grant Whitmore, part of the trio of newcomers, led the Bobcats with a series total of 452 and tallied games of 233 and 219. Zach Thomsen (438) and Kyle Bartles (435) each had a game over 230, while Aaron Schwandt (416) and Dacoda Ewalt (407) completed the team score of 2,148.
R.J. Dixon led Roosevelt with a 437 series.
Marshalltown won the Baker round 995-831, though McKeever sees room for improvement.
"We need to work on keeping up the momentum throughout. The bakers fell short six pins from last year's baker average. We can accomplish that by sharpening up our spares," said McKeever.
The Bobcat boys JV also was victorious as Floyd Speck led the squad with a series score of 412. Marshalltown defeated the Roughriders 2,526-1,819 and held a 864-589 advantage in the baker games.
Marshalltown hosts Urbandale Tuesday at the Totem Bowl.