The Marshalltown boys bowling team made new head coach Roger Taylor Sr. a winner in its season debut Tuesday as the Bobcats defeated Newton 3,264-2,817 at Totem Bowl.
Floyd Speck rolled the high game and series with a 236-278-514 to guide MHS, which also got a win from its JV unit by a 2,400-2,081 margin.
"It was a great first meet for the Bobcats," said MHS assistant coach Stacy Galema. "You have to love starting out strong at home to open the season."
Severio Mancieri followed with a 256-238-494, while Brett Wax (433) and Calvin Halvorsen (426) also surpassed 400. Brandon Freese (362) and Max Mancieri (311) also competed in the Bobcats' top six, while Reid Miller led the Cardinals with a 181-225-406.
"We had great scoring across the board," Galema said.
MHS held a 2,229-1,838 advantage after individual play before outscoring Newton 1,035-988 in the Baker games.
The Bobcats' second JV team posted a score of 1,635.
On the girls side, a strong and steady performance from Tia Vergauwen wasn't enough to earn the sweep as the Bobcats fell 2,397-2,186.
Vergauwen's 338 carried the Bobcats as just two pins separated each of her games. Freshman Jenna Vergauwen followed with a 290 and Lily Neuan had a 288.
"(Tia) proved consistent on the day with 168 in game one and 170 in game two," Galema said. "Lily Neuan also stepped up."
Kathleen Ferrin (279), Sam Tocheri (254) and Lindsay Wiegand (232) rounded out the Bobcat varsity. Erica Bailey fired a 214-183-397 to lead Newton and Madison Humphrey added a 365.
The Cardinals earned a 38-pin advantage in the first round, before stretching things out with a 910-737 discrepancy in the Baker games.
The Bobcats host rival Fort Dodge at Totem Bowl Thursday beginning at 3:45 p.m.