PELLA — Newton High’s girls are four-time Little Hawkeye Conference bowling meet champions. They Cardinal girls held off a tough challenge from Oskaloosa at Saturday’s 2018 LHC meet at Pella’s Excit-A-Bowl bowling center.
Newton took a slim 20-pin lead over the Oskaloosa Indians into the Baker Games competition. The Cardinals rolled combined 743-pin score while the Indians had a 605 in the Baker Games. Newton’s girls won their fourth consecutive conference meet title 2,177-2.019 over Oskaloosa.
Newton girls’ team members were senior Kaytlynn Hughes, juniors Alicia Miller and Keely Birkenholtz, sophomore Ashley Loehr and freshmen Tanya Hernandez and Abby Price.
Knoxville was third in the girls’ competition at 1,984 followed by Bondurant-Farrar at 1,939. Pella was fifth at 1,878, Pella Christian was sixth at 1,857 and Norwalk was seventh at 1,738.
Oskaloosa unseated the three-time defending champion Newton boys. The Indian boys won with a 2,825 team score to Newton’s second-place total of 2,717. Oskaloosa led Newton by 53 pins after the individual games, and stayed in front with an 890 pin total in the Baker Games to Newton’s 835.
Knoxville placed third in the boys’ division with 2,666 followed Pella at 2,646, Norwalk 2,522, Bondurant-Farrar 2,473 and Pella Christian 2,076.
Freshman Abby Price and senior Shaiden Simmons were named to the 2018 Little Hawkeye Conference all-conference first teams. Earning second-team honors from Newton were senior Kaytlynn Hughes, and juniors Alicia Miller and Cutter Benac. Senior Austin Johansen and junior Keely Birkenholtz received LHC honorable mention status.
“Our teams struggled in Pella the past couple of weeks, but both the boys and girls teams did a great job at Excit-A-Bowl Saturday,” Newton head coach Christie Hughes said.
“We had to make some minor adjustments in the Baker Games, and the girls were able to finish strong and take home the win. I was very pleased with the pin count for our boys and their second place finish at conference.”
Loehr led the Newton girls with a 306 on games of 151 and 155 with Hernandez rolling a 302 (168-134). Hughes bowled a 281 in her final LHC meet with games of 166 and 115.
Miller had a 274 (154-120), Price finished at 271 (134-137) and Birkenholtz had a 261 (122-139). Newton’s Baker Games scores were 155, 112, 121, 167 and 188.
The Newton boys were paced by Benac with a 440 on games of 223 and 217. Sophomore Alex Frymoyer followed up his first game of 198 with a 213 for a 411 series. Simmons had a final LHC meet total of 365 with a 205 and 160.
Sophomore Carter VanderSchel rolled a 344 (176-168). Johansen had a 322 (147-175) and senior Reece Thurmond had a 297 (136-161) in their final conference meet. Newton’s Baker Games scores were 138, 186, 163, 166 and 182.
“It was great to see all the Newton fans who came down to Pella and cheered on the Newton bowling teams,” Hughes said. “We can’t thank them enough for all the support they give us each week. We’re looking forward to regionals on Tuesday.”
The Cardinal teams compete in the Class 2A state qualifying meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Champion Bowl in Ottumwa. Pella, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa are in the meet with Newton. District champions advance to the Class 2A state bowling tournament Feb. 20 at Waterloo’s Cadillac Lanes.