ELDRIDGE – It was a battle for both the Clinton girls and boys varsity bowling teams on Monday night at Big River Bowling, and it ended in a varsity split with the North Scott Lancers.

The Mississippi Athletic Conference bowling match ended in the favor of the River Kings. However, the later Baker rounds proved fatal for the Queens.

“The girls varsity had a tough loss tonight,” head coach Shaun Hartman said. “They were up by 38 going into the Baker Round, but they didn’t perform like they have been.”

Led by an individual performance from Hannah Hartman, who bowled a 240 in Game 2 for a 427 series, the Queens had the lead going into the team portion. They stared out slow, bowling a 135 and a 125 in the first two games while North Scott closed the gap.

The Queens ended up losing by 110 pins, their first loss recorded thie season.

The River Queens fall to 3-1.

The outcome was opposite for the River Kings, who also went in to the Baker Round leading North Scott. Even though they were out-bowled in that round, they had built up enough of a lead to pull out the win.

“They varsity boys won but it was a battle,” Hartman said. “It was a nail biter.”

Carter Hudson and Chase Stonestreet both bowled over 400, Stonestreet rolling a 240 in his second game and Hudson a 227 in the first. This game them a 106 pin lead after the individual games.

The Kings recorded 202, 208, 159, 199 and 224 in the Baker Rounds, the Lancers outscoring them in three of the five games. Even though North Scott won the Baker Round by 85 pins, the River Kingscame away with the hard-fought victory.

“It was a very good performance by the team,” Hartman said.

The River Kings improve to 3-1. Clinton is back in action after the holidays.

CENTRAL DEWITT HAS WEEKEND SUCCESS

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Central DeWitt girls bowling team saw a lot of success at the Bakers Tournament at Cedar Rapids Jefferson over the weekend, coming in seconds overall.

“It came down to a third game in the finals and we lost it in the last three framed by opening all three,” head coach William Perdieu said. “Our girls bowled great.”

The teams also dropped a match to Maquoketa after a battle last week. It was a nail biter to the end, the Cardinals edging the Central DeWitt girls by just two pins when the night was over.

Denise Turnquist led the individual effort for the Sabers, bowling a 211 in the first gmae for a 387 series to help keep the Sabers up near the Cardinals. Grace Pfeifle turned in a 338 as well.

After the individual games, the Sabers trailed by just 19 pins. They made up some ground immediately in the Baker Rounds, out-bowling the Cardinals in the first two games. In game five, Maquoketa came out with a 212 game to put the finishing touch on their victory over Central DeWitt.

The boys also fell to the Cardinals, completely the sweep. They trailed by over 200 pins after the individual rounds and saw that extend in the Baker, falling 2924-2675 in the end.

Will VanderBilt turned in a 379 series, while Gabe Arnot bowled a 374. The Sabers were led by Devin Mumm, who rolled a 206 in the second gmae to have a 384 series.

Their Baker games started off strong but trailed off, hitting their peak of 212 in the first game and then rolling 200, 144, 173, 154.

The Sabers bowl again on Saturday, traveling to Cedar Rapids once again to take on Prairie High School early in the morning.