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NHS bowlers strike for wins over Clarke

Striking it up were Newton High’s bowlers — both boys and girls — in a home dual against Clarke on Tuesday at Cardinal Lanes.

The Cardinals also were picking up most of their spares along the way. The Cardinal boys won 2,729-2,129 over the Indians. Newton’s girls rolled to a 2,346-1,949 win over Clarke.

“That was intense,” Newton head coach Christie Hughes said about the final individual games by the boys’ varsity as juniors Carter VanderSchel and Eli Ingle were chalking up strike after strike.

“It’s was fun to watch. Also our kids enjoyed bowling with Clarke. Clarke hasn’t been here for several years. We’ve gone there so it was great to host them and have them bowl on our new lanes,” Hughes said. “I’m proud of all of our bowlers.”

VanderSchel bowled a 280 in his second game, which was his career-high game, and he led the Cardinal boys with a personal-best 504 series. Ingle, who along with junior Nate Keith seemed to struggle early, had a 123 in the first game. Ingle bowled his best game — a 234— for a 357 series.

“We just came together after the first games and said we can do this and to start picking up those single-pin spares,” Newton boys’ senior captain Cutter Benac said. “When Carter and Eli were getting all those strikes in a row it was awesome. I was super excited for them.”

Benac finished with a 353 (154-199) and Keith rallied back for a 339 on games of 149 and 190. Senior Devon Young rolled a 320 (176-144) and junior Alex Frymoyer had a 300 (173-127).

The Cardinal boys led the Indians by 404 pins (1,873-1,469) heading into the Baker Games. Newton’s bowlers combined for 856 points with game scores of 142, 181, 204, 190 and 139.

Junior Abby Price rolled a 334 series on games of 186 and 148 to pace the Cardinal girls. Senior captain Keely Birkenholtz had a 312 (172-140) and senior Taylor Johnson had a 300 (163-137).

Jenna Miller, a sophomore, finished with a 298 (133-165) and senior Alicia Miller had a 292 (117-175). Sophomore Tanya Hernandez had a 259 (124-135).

Newton’s girls were up 1,536-1,357 over Clarke after the individual games. The Cardinals had an 810 Baker Games final score on games of 163, 192, 190, 151 and 114.

“We bowled well as a team today. We had a couple of individual who had rough first games but came back and had strong finishes,” Birkenholtz said of the girls. “We keep seeing our Baker Games scores increasing. We had two games today of more than 190.”

The Newton girls remain undefeated at 6-0 in duals and the boys are 4-2. The Cardinal bowlers will see if they can transfer their strong games to the road for the first time this season. Newton has bowled on its home lanes at Cardinal Lanes in all six duals and its home tournament.

“Yes we have had a good run here at home,” Birkenholtz said. “We’re working really well together. We go to Oskaloosa on Friday, which has wooden lanes like we used to have here. We just have to make our adjustments and I think we’ll be fine.”

Beans said the same about the boys’ team. He said the Cardinal boys are working together and always keeping up a positive energy, especially when one of the bowlers have a tough time.

“We just pick each other up and I know we can keep things going even on the road,” Benac said.

The Newton teams take 2-0 marks into Friday’s Little Hawkeye Conference dual at Oskaloosa. The competition begins at 3 p.m. at Mahaska Bowl in Oskaloosa.

Newton’s junior varsity boys beat Clarke, 2,096-1,497 on Tuesday. Thomas Hodnett led the way with a 320 followed by Ben Zeien with a 317, Alex Wolfe with a 260, Tristan Rethmeier with a 259, Devon Hobbs with a 255 and Evan Benac with a 245. Baker Game Scores were: 137, 168, 120, 125, 134.

The Newton girls’ junior varsity beat a co-ed Clarke team, 1,882-1,420. Ashley Loeher had a 331 with a career-high game of 199. Chloe Butler had a 248 followed by Danny Lewis with a 244, Gabby Pickerell with a 241, Jillian Waits with a 232 and Deborah Durant with a 156. Baker Games scores were: 154, 99, 110, 130, 93.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
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