Courier sports staff
The defending state champion Ottumwa girls bowling team got the season off to a good start on Monday, as did the boys team, as both squads took impressive victories over Dowling Catholic in action at Val Lanes in Des Moines.
The Ottumwa girls were led by freshman Bailey Palmer’s score of 234 as they took a 2824-2034 victory over Dowling, while the boys were led by sophomore Austin Palmer’s 218 as they took a 2830-2696 win.
Both Ottumwa JV teams were victorious as well.
The Ottumwa girls, who took the state title last season, were missing the services of returning starters Cybil and Sierra Lennie, but the Bulldogs didn’t miss a beat. Palmer stepped up, as did Sydney Swallow (199), Payton Wilbanks (193), Lynissa Lasley (193), Sadie Shaw (190) and Michaela Malloy (186).
“It’s always good to start off on the right foot,” said Ottumwa coach Doug Techel. “I am extremely proud of first two games for the girls, but we need to adjust for our baker games.”
Behind Palmer, Isaac Goodman bowled 209 for the Ottumwa boys, while Joey Lee scored 196, Braxton Coble 186, Anthony Roberts 146 and Jordan Mitchell 140.
“We got off to an OK start,” said Ottumwa coach Brett Salter. “We have a lot to learn, and we are coming home pretty much knowing that.”
Courtney Smith’s 173 led the Ottumwa JV girls while Brandon Six bowled 214 to lead the JV boys.
The Bulldogs won’t be in action again until Monday, Dec. 10, when Ottumwa is scheduled to take on Des Moines Roosevelt at Air Lanes in Des Moines. Ottumwa’s first home action will be Thursday, Dec. 13 against Des Moines Lincoln at Champion Bowl.
Ottumwa vs. Dowling Catholic
At Val Lanes, Des Moines
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2824, Dowling 2034
Ottumwa Individuals: Bailey Palmer 234, Sydney Swallow 199, Payton Wilbanks 193, Lynissa Lasley 193, Sadie Shaw 190, Michaela Malloy 186.
Girls Junior Varsity
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2282, Dowling 1900
Ottumwa Individuals: Courtney Smith 173, Kourtney Longaker 168, Cheyenne Starr 150, Ashley Schooley 149, Whitney Bone 148, Maddison Ware 129.
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2830, Dowling 2696
Ottumwa Individuals: Austin Palmer 218, Isaac Goodman 209, Joey Lee 196, Braxton Coble 186, Anthony Roberts 146, Jordan Mitchell 140.
Boys Junior Varsity
Team Scores: Ottumwa 2697, Dowling 2265
Ottumwa Individuals: Brandon Six 214, Kolton Fountain 191, Joey Hartley 175, Brian Haggus 170, Shane Wolfley 154, Seth Meinders 141.