MANCHESTER – The Central DeWitt girls bowling team made a move up the team standings at Saturday’s WaMaC meet hosted by West Delaware.
And now there is only one final spot left to climb.
Fifth a season ago, the Sabers finished second behind the hosts with a 2,655 – West Delaware’s winning score was a 2,733.
The Sabers had three individuals finish in the top 10 led by sophomore Kim Hendricks, who earned All-WaMaC honors with a fifth-place series of 382 (Hendricks was the model of consistency, bowling a 191 in each game).
Denyse Turnquist and Grace Pfeifle, meanwhile, tied for seventh with matching 363s. Turnquist bowled her own 191 in the opening game, while Pfeifle bowled a team-best 197 in game two.
Raelynn Gibson added a 329 for the Sabers, while Alyssa Lampe bowled a 325 and Kayla Lampe a 282.
Third after the first round, the Sabers vaulted into second in the Baker games. Central bowled a 209 right away in its first game and then added a 192 in its third game.
With a pair of individuals in the top 10, the Central boys finished fifth at the meet with a 2,738.
Just two pins separated seniors Colby Ridgley and Jacob Brainerd, who both had big second games.
Ridgley bowled a 210 in game two for a 392 series that ranked ninth overall, while Brainerd bowled a team-best 234 in his second game to finish off a 390.
Devin Mumm also had a big game two with a 194 to finish off a 363 series, while Kyle Fox and Doug Claeys were just five (358) and seven (356) pins back respectively. James Holmes finished things off with a 303.
The Sabers were at their best late in the Baker games, bowling a 197 in game four and a 198 in game five.
The meet came less than 24 hours after the Sabers swept Bettendorf in a non-conference dual at home.
The Central girls used a big series from Gibson to knock off the Bulldogs, 2,466-2,185.
Gibson nearly broke 200 in her first game – 196 – and then did in her second – 207 – to top the field with a 403 series.
Pfeifle added a 337 series, while Hendricks bowled a 324, Turnquist a 321, K. Lampe a 314 and A. Lampe a 306.
Up 200-plus pins after round one, the Sabers added to their lead by bowling the three highest Baker games – highlighted by a 180 in game one.
The Central boys had a pair of bowlers produce 400 series.
Fox led the way, combining a 235 in game one with a 201 in game two for a 436.
Ridgley bowled a team-best 214 in his second game to add a 406.
Mumm chipped in a 357 with Claeys bowling a 335, Holmes a 326, and Brainerd a 320.
The Sabers added to their lead in the Baker games, too, finishing right at 200 in game one and bowling a meet-best 202 in game four.