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Clarke bowlers fall to Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — The Clarke bowling teams continued their streaks of facing tough competition, competing against undefeated teams from Ottumwa here on Jan. 30, along with teams from Des Moines Hoover.

Both Clarke teams fell to the strong Ottumwa teams. Scores for Des Moines Hoover were not available by press time.

In boys action, Ottumwa outscored Clarke 3520-2593.

Ottumwa had two bowlers with two-game scores of better than 500, with five of its six bowlers finishing above 480 for the day.

Clarke was led by Adam Smith, who rolled a 236 first game followe by a 175 for a series of 411. Damon Helgevold also topped 200 in his first game, finishing with scores of 212 and 178 for a series of 390.

Skylar Johnson rolled a 346 for Clarke, followed by Jacob Redman’s 306 series. Matthew Sebek rounded out the team scoring with his score of 271. Geo Smith finished the day with a score of 220.

The Indians recorded a score of 869 in the Baker Rotation.

On the girls side, Ottumwa defeated Clarke by a score of 2961-2405.

Two Ottumwa bowlers topped 400, while four bowlers scored better than 360.

LeeAnn Helgevold paced Clarke with games of 182 and 205 for a two-game series of 387. Elly Eddy bowled consistent with scores of 160 and 169 for a total of 329.

Sara Andrew finished the day with a series score of 310, followed by Courtney Clark’s 307 series. Alexxa Blair rounded out the team scoring with her series of 274. Keleah Selsor bowled a total of 264 for the day.

The Lady Indians also bowled strong in the Baker Rotation, finishing with a total score of 798 for the Baker round.

Clarke also competed at Mount Ayr on Monday. Scores for Mount Ayr were not available at press time.

Johnson led the way for the Clarke boys, bowling consistent scores of 207 and 202 for a series of 409. Damon Helgevold finished with a total of 348, while Adam Smith recorded a score of 314.

Redman tallied a series of 298 and Sebek finished the day with a score of 288 to round out the team score. Geo Smith bowled a 236 for the Indians.

The Clarke boys posted a team score of 2369 for the day.

Clark led the Lady Indians with her two-game series of 318. Selsor totaled 285 for the day and LeeAnn Helgevold finished with a series of 282.

Bronwyn Miller tallied a 275 for Clarke and Eddy rounded out the team scoring with a series of 246. Andrew finished the day with a score of 208.

As a team, Clarke finished with a total team score of 2134.

The meet at Mount Ayr marked the regular season finale for the Clarke bowlers. Clarke returns to action at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18 with the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Newton.

Clarke will compete with Des Moines Hoover, Knoxville, Newton, Norwalk, Oskaloosa and Pella Christian for a spot in the state meet.

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