Michaela Spaulding just missed out on perfection for the Fort Dodge girls bowling team here Tuesday at Ridgewood Lanes.
Spaulding rolled a career-best 299 and a 216 for a 515 series in helping the Dodgers (7-0 overall) to a commanding 2,958-2,046 victory over Marshalltown.
"Michaela just went gangbusters that second game," said FDSH head coach Don Ervin. "Everything went real quiet at the end, and she stuck a four-pin on the last ball or she would've been perfect. Her and the coaches were both crying. Never in my coaching career have I had a high school girl shoot a 300. I've been bowling for over 60 years, and my highest score is a 279. They would've had to call 911 if I bowled a 299."
Prior to Tuesday, Spaulding's previous high game of the season was a 235, while her top series was a 450.
On the boys side, the Dodgers (5-2) notched a 3,243-2,944 triumph. Chase Messerly (259-237-496) and Drew Hansen (269-211-480) led the way for Fort Dodge.
"We'll have a good shot at state if we can keep up the momentum," Ervin said. "Drew, Alex (Markov) and Chase are our three upperclassmen, but our lower guys are just coming up bigger and bigger every week, too."
Fort Dodge - Drew Hansen, 269-211-480; Chase Messerly, 259-237-496; Alex Markov, 238-197-435; Austin Graves, 169-203-373; Allen Crouse, 161-136-297; Seth Hanson, 245-220-465. End of regulation: Fort Dodge 2,249.
Fort Dodge - Michaela Spaulding, 216-299-515; Sam Witte, 189-161-350; Allison Birnbaum, 175-199-374; Christina Hemann, 180-146-326; Ciara Sturm, 223-193-416. End of regulation: Fort Dodge 2,046.
In junior varsity action, the Dodger girls prevailed, 1,903-1,635. The Fort Dodge JV boys fell short, 2,249-1,823.
Next action for the Dodgers is Thursday at Mason City. Start time is set for 3:45 p.m.