The season got off to a good start for the Ankeny bowling teams on Thursday.
Both squads defeated Dowling Catholic in a dual meet at Val Lanes.
“It’s good to be back,” said Ankeny coach Lane Richtsmeier. “At the start of the school year, I wasn’t sure if this season was going to happen or not. There has definitely been some challenges for sure, as this meet was supposed to happen on Nov. 24, but with the school district going 100 percent online learning we had to move it, just like all the other schools.”
The Ankeny boys’ team won by a score of 2,578 to 2,381. The Hawks–who placed fifth in last year’s Class 3A state tournament–had a 960 total in the Bakers round, including a 226 and a 203 in the first two games.
Aiden Doruska turned in the highest individual score. He finished with a 391.
Blake Schumacher had a 364 for the Hawks. Alex Gates rolled a 350, Gage Payton had a 267, and Tyler Roberts added a 246.
Isabel Tetmeyer led the Ankeny girls’ squad to an easy victory. She bowled a 427 series as the Hawkettes won by 346 pins (2,450 to 2,104).
Alexa Bowers rolled a 379, Emma Harris had a 366, Cynthia Angran bowled a 262, Madie Parker had a 202, and Lynn Cronk finished with a 193.
“We maybe didn’t bowl our best games and some of our kids had a rough day, but together as a team we pulled through and got the ‘W’, and I couldn’t be prouder of the team for working together,” Richtsmeier said. “We have a lot to work on in the weeks to come, but I’m liking what I’m seeing as we get started.”
Ankeny will host Fort Dodge on Tuesday at Great Escape.