Bobcats strike for third consecutive state-qualifying meet title
Love was on the lanes for the Marshalltown boys’ bowling team Tuesday afternoon, as the Bobcats secured their third-straight Class 3A state tournament berth by winning the District 6 meet at Totem Bowl.
With a final pin count of 3,429 pins — just missing a season-best 3,447 pins — the Bobcats outpaced second-place Ankeny (2,996), third-place Des Moines Lincoln (2,907) an
Marshalltown was led by junior Joshua Arment, who posted a 498 series and was named the boys’ individual district championship.
In his third year on the team, Arment will be having his shoes hit the hardwood at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines next week, competing in another state tournament. Arment has had his hands be a part of the 2015 state championship team, as well as last year’s fourth-place squad.
Arment just needed one word to describe his elation for himself and his fellow rollers.
“Unbelievable,” Arment said. “It’s just such a great feeling. It’s an unbelievable feeling, to have three [district] wins here, during my three years here,” Arment said. “Me and Richie [Thomas] both. Three years in a row is just a great feeling.”
The junior bowler wasn’t up on sophomore Ray Wiegand by much, however. Wiegand ended up with a 495 series after bowling a 269 in his first individual round.
Wiegand exemplified just what kind of dominance the Bobcats had planned during their campaign for a third consecutive district title.
The sophomore bowled 10 full frames without leaving a single open frame in his first round — 10 strikes, one spare.
As a team, the Bobcats recorded 26 strikes in their final 36 rolls from the seventh frame on. And the second individual set was just as kind to the Bobcats as the first.
Marshalltown recorded 42 strikes, 18 spares and just six open frames in their second and final set of individual play. The Bobcats tallied a 2,236 score heading into the Bakers, a new season-best by 103 pins.
“The kids are good,” said MHS boys’ head coach Roger Taylor Sr. “My job as a coach is to guide them and help them with some experience. All the kids, boys and girls, are just very receiving on the information. That makes my job much easier.”
The 2,236 score heading into Baker blew last week’s mark of 1,874 at the CIML Iowa Conference meet out of the water. Taylor Sr. said a dominant win coming off a lackluster performance at conference was just the medication the Bobcats needed heading into the state meet.
“After our loss last week, for our boys, today was a confidence booster,” Taylor Sr. said. “They kind of got in their own way last week. I’m not sure we didn’t get beat as much as we lost it to them. Today, and these past few days, we talked about focus. We talked about the job at hand. When your bowling shoes hit the approach, it’s all focus.
“But when they came back, they were loose. They were jovial and happy. It’s the team that we had all season long. There was no friction within the team; it was a really good team atmosphere and team spirit.”
All six Bobcat boys ran by their match averages. Carson Potter averaged 229, while having a match average of 209 coming in to Tuesday’s contest. Arment raised his average from 202 with a 498 series.
Richie Thomas, the other upperclassman on the team, had an off day but still bested his 197 match average.
Kamrin Chizek took a perfect game into the fifth frame of his individual round and finished with a 458, blasting by his season average of 192.
Arment said he’s aware of what needs to happen not only in the next couple days before the state tournament, but as well as what happens when the Bobcats’ shoes hit the floor in Des Moines.
“Practice is essential, but I’d have to say the overall end game in this is we need to stay in the right mindset,” Arment said. “We have to stay focused, but not too focused. We can’t take it too seriously and get upset at the bad shots. We absolutely have to have a positive attitude. That’s our big thing.”
Marshalltown will compete on the third and final day of the state tournament in the Class 3A meet Feb. 22 at 10:20 a.m. Doors to Plaza Lanes open at 9 a.m.
Other teams competing in this year’s state tournament include: Waterloo West, Cedar Falls (at-large), Davenport North, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Dubuque Hempstead, Johnston and Des Moines Roosevelt.
Class 3A District 6
Team Standings — 1. Marshalltown 3,429, 2. Ankeny 2,996, 3. Des Moines LIncoln 2,907, 4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 2,803.
Individual State Qualifiers — 1. Justin Lanser, Sr., Dubuque Hempstead, 526 series; 2. Kalen Rios, Sr., Iowa City West, 523; 3. Tristan Corcoran, Fr., Waterloo West 503; 4. Dalton Draeger, Jr., Waterloo West, 499; 5. Joshua Arment, Jr., Marshalltown, 498; 6. Ray Wiegand, So., Marshalltown 495; 7. Dylan McFarland, Jr., Des Moines East, 490; 8. Alex Diercks, Sr., Linn-Mar, 483; 9. Brandon Birch, So., Dubuque Senior, 474; 10. Andrew Nickey, Jr., Cedar Falls, 472; 11. CJ Bakoylis, Sr., Davenport North 463; 12. Hunter Gloden, Fr., Des Moines Roosevelt, 424.