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January 21, 2014

Ottumwa bowling teams remain undefeated

DES MOINES — The Ottumwa girls' and boys' bowling teams' pristine records remained untarnished Tuesday after both teams notched victories over Johnston Tuesday at Plaza Lanes.

The Bulldog girls prevailed over the Dragons 2,661-2,474, while the Ottumwa boys triumphed 2,997-2,833.

Bailey Palmer spearheaded the girls' efforts with a team-best two-round average of 222 and Sydney Swallow also turned in a solid performance, recording an average of 187. Besides that, Courtney Smith, in her second varsity appearance this season, posted a laudable average of 169.

"We won, so that's a start," Ottumwa girls bowling coach Doug Techel said. "Bailey bowled well, Sydney bowled well. I was happy with Courtney Smith's score."

Still, Techel noted that his girls would have to sharpen their collective games if and when they compete in the Class 2A state tournament this season at Plaza Lanes.

"We have to add 300 pins to our score right now," Techel said. "The lanes were a lot different than we were used to. It was a little bit slicker to start with, and a lot of our girls had difficulty adjusting, but it was a good learning experience for us."

For the boys, as has been the norm this season, Joey Lee served as his team's bellwether leader with a two-round average of 239. Braxton Coble complemented his teammates' efforts by rolling an average of 233.

Like Techel, Ottumwa boys' coach Brett Salter discussed the difficulty his team had adjusting to the challenging conditions posed by Plaza Lanes.

"The whole lane wasn't really slick," Salter said, "but there was a part of it that really was. It's a condition where if you don't hit the dry part of the lane, the ball doesn't hook. It was a fairly demanding condition. You had to make good shots."

Other boys' scores included Joey Hartley, who rolled a 197 average and Ryan Hagist, who recorded a two-round average of 183.

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