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home : sports : sports Friday, December 15, 2017

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The Observer photo by Ross Eberhart Central DeWitt sophomore Denyse Turnquist releases the ball during the first game of Friday’s season-opening dual with Marion. Turnquist had the Sabers’ highest score in both games and led all girls bowlers with a 388 series. Central led by 102 pins after the first round of play and survived a charge by the Indians in the Baker rotation to hang on by eight pins.
Sabers hang on
Central DeWitt girls top Marion by eight pins

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The once stout lead grew smaller.

And smaller.

And smaller.

But it never fully disappeared.

And that meant a season-opening victory for the Central DeWitt girls bowling team.

After bowling four of the six highest series in the first round, the Sabers staked themselves to a 102-pin lead against visiting Marion with just the five Baker games to play.

The Indians, though, erased 35 pins from their deficit right away in the first Baker game.

Central got a pin back with a 154-153 advantage in the second game, but Marion outscored the Sabers by 24 pins in game three and 13 in game four.

Now, Central's lead was down to 31 with one baker game left.

With the pressure building, both teams bowled their lowest totals in game five.

Marion again finished higher than the Sabers, but the Indians' 147 was just 23 pins better than Central's 124, preserving the Sabers' lead by eight pins - 2,275-2,267.

Central sophomore Denyse Turnquist had the best individual night of the meet, following up a team-best 176 in game one with a meet-best 212 in game two for a meet-best 388-series.

Marion produced the second and third highest series, but Central (1-0) countered with the next three.

Raelynn Gibson used a 185 in game two to break 300 with a 333 series, while Amber Meyer and Kim Hendricks took different paths - the former bowled a 169 in game one, the latter bowled a consistent 138-137 - to their series of 293 and 275.

There was no drama in the boys dual, as the Sabers built a 234-pin lead after round one and added to it in an eventual 2,764-2,382 rout.

Sophomore J.T. Vanderbilt and junior Kyle Fox both broke 200 in their second games. Vanderbilt added a 213 to a 176 in game one for a meet-best 389 series, while Fox had the best one-game score - 219 - which he combined with a 151 for a 370.

Devin Mumm led the Sabers with a 191 in game one and was third overall with a 359 series, while Matthew David matched Marion's top finisher with a consistent (179-171) 350.

James Holmes chipped in a 326, while Jacob Brainerd had a 279 for the Sabers (1-0), who capped their strong night by eclipsing 200 in each of their final two Baker games.




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