Wiegand’s 300 helps MHS oust Johnston

DES MOINES — A perfect 300 score in his second game of the day from Ray Wiegand was just what the Bobcats needed to squeak by Johnston Thursday at Plaza Lanes. The Marshalltown boys’ bowling team edged out the Dragons 3,094-3,029. Wiegand’s 300 was the first perfect game bowled by a Bobcat this season. Wiegand rolled a 207 in his first game to finish with a season-high series of 507.

Three other Bobcats had series of 400 or better. Kamrin Chizek finished with a 187-223 for a 410 series. Carson Potter bowled a 206-203–409, and Josh Arment recorded a 205-195–400. Richie Thomas (192-193–385) and Zachariah Liskowiak (155-202–357) rounded out the Bobcat scoring.

The Bobcats bowled 166-224-196-182-215 in bakers.

“After the first set of individual games we were only ahead by one pin, so the guys knew we had to come out strong,” said Bobcat assistant coach Stacy Galema. “Having four bowlers at or above a 400 series was huge in our team’s success.”

Johnston was led by Nathan Zoss, who bowled a 222-224–446, and the Dragons recorded 220-259-225-202-223 in bakers.

“Johnston and Marshalltown boys’ bowling has historically been a battle, and today was no different,” Galema said. “We struggled a little bit in the bakers, and Johnston was catching us little by little in each of the baker games.”

The Marshalltown girls’ bowling team wasn’t as fortunate as the Dragons topped the Bobcats 2,788-2,251, but the day was still full of accomplishments. The 2,251 was the second highest score by the Bobcats this season, and tied the highest individual game total of the season with 1,484.

Haley Bell paced the Bobcats with a 148-213-361. Bell’s 213 was a season-high for an individual game, and her 361 was a season-high series. Karlie Potter (146-145-291), Ali Olinger (133-153-286), ShaeLyn Pickett (143-133-276) and Ashly Wiegand (135-135-270) accounted for the Bobcat scoring. The Bobcats bowled 128-131-143-153-212 in bakers. The 212 was the highest baker game total of the season.

The Bobcat bowling teams return home to the Totem Bowl on Tuesday to host Ottumwa. Action gets underway at 3:45 p.m. Marshalltown and Johnston will see each other again at the conference meet on Feb. 9 at the Totem Bowl.