DES MOINES — The Creston/Orient-Macksburg boys bowling team picked a great day to bowl its highest score of the season here Monday at the Class 1A State Coed Bowling Tournament at Plaza Lanes.
The Panther boys rolled a score of 2983 to finish in fifth place, just 41 pins behind Epworth Western Dubuque for fourth place, and 42 pins ahead of Bellevue.
Dubuque Wahlert claimed the boys team title with a score of 3368.
The boys team fell short of the all-time team high score by about 26 pins.
The Creston/O-M girls team finished ninth with a score of 2444, just 21 pins behind Cedar Rapids Xavier and 49 pins behind Knoxville in the team standings.
The boys team was paced by junior Chantz Davidson, who rolled games of 196 and 232 on his way to a two-game series of 428. Freshman Blake Eddy had a big day for the Panthers with scores of 204 and 213 for a two-game of 417.
Senior Josh Sawtelle finished with a score of 411 after rolling games of 177 and 234. Sophomore Darin Hatfield had a consistent day with scores of 201 and 207 for a two-game of 408.
Senior Kenny Wynn finished the day with a score of 319 and senior Jacob Wolfe rolled a 276.
“They had it in them,” head coach Ron Pendegraft said. “The lane conditions up here suit them pretty well. We had come up Saturday and bowled well that night, too. Not something that’s out of the ordinary, but I’m happy to see them do it up here.”
The Panthers entered the Baker Rotation in fifth place, and thanks to a strong Baker round, held onto that spot.
“They had a solid Baker, threw a little bit over 1,000,” Pendegraft said. “Good showing for our program for the boys.”
The Panther girls finished ninth in a tough field, which was easily won by Dubuque Wahlert with a score of 2855.
Creston/O-M shared a lane with Dubuque Wahlert.
“We kind of had the pleasure of bowling on the same lanes as Dubuque Wahlert,” Pendegraft said. “I’ve been kind of wondering what they’re like all year, and I found out today they’re head pin, spares. Got their share of strikes, but they made no mistakes.”
The Panthers were led by freshman Madison Hance, who rolled games of 170 and 180 for a score of 350. Senior Shaylen Kipp finished close behind with a two-game score of 341 after games of 170 and 171.
Seniors Anna Wilson and Emily Davidson finished close together with scores of 316 and 306, respectively. Junior Devon Eddy contributed a 265 and senior Emily Lange rolled a 252.
“Girls, they bowled above average,” Pendegraft said. “Not good enough, obviously, to finish in the upper half, but they did bowl pretty solid. It was a good showing by both boys and girls.”
Seven seniors bowled in their final meet for the Panthers on Monday. Those seniors were Sawtelle, Wynn, Wolfe, Kipp, Wilson, Emily Davidson and Lange.
“I’m very pleased,” Pendegraft said of the results. “I’ve got seven seniors leaving, and that’s going to be tough, but I think the kids who were here and will be the nucleus of the team next year have gotten some good experience this year. The kids we’ll have next year will fill in just fine.”
State Coed Bowling Tournament
Team standings — 1. Dubuque Wahlert 3368; 2. Cedar Rapids Xavier 3242; 3. West Delaware 3130; 4. Epworth Western Dubuque 3024; 5. Creston/O-M 2983; 6. Bellevue 2941; 7. Red Oak 2906; 8. Louisa-Muscatine 2894; 9. Knoxville 2888; 10. LeMars 2841.
Creston/O-M (2983) — Chantz Davidson 196-232—428; Blake Eddy 204-213—417; Josh Sawtelle 177-234—411; Darin Hatfield 201-207—408; Kenny Wynn 173-146—319; Jacob Wolfe 134-142—276. Baker Rotation — 198, 184, 214, 202, 202.
Team standings — 1. Dubuque Wahlert 2855; 2. Camanche 2762; 3. Keokuk 2660; 4. Red Oak 2655; 5. Central DeWitt 2584; 6. Western Dubuque 2518; 7. Knoxville 2493; 8. Cedar Rapids Xavier 2465; 9. Creston/O-M 2444; 10. LeMars 2318.
Creston/O-M (2444) — Madison Hance 170-180—350; Shaylen Kipp 170-171—341; Anna Wilson 145-171—316; Emily Davidson 137-169—306; Devon Eddy 152-113—265; Emily Lange 94-158—252. Baker Rotation — 150, 141, 169, 193, 213.