Madison Ross rolls season-best 523 series to lead undefeated Comets

Press photo by John Burbridge Charles City senior Madison Ross, who is leading all Comet bowlers with a 215.5 average this season, rolled a season-best 523 two-game series against Decorah on Friday while helping the Comet girls improve to 5-0 for the season.
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Madison Ross, who is leading all Comet bowlers with a 215.5 average this season, rolled a season-best 523 two-game series against Decorah on Friday while helping the Comet girls improve to 5-0 for the season.
By John Burbridge sports@charlescitypress.com

CHARLES CITY — Some people prefer to start the new year with a clean slate.

Madison Ross started the year with a clean series.

“I just hit my mark and picked up my spares,” Ross said after the Charles City Comets hosted Decorah on Friday for the first dual bowling meet after the holiday break.

Ross also threw a few strikes while rolling games of 267 and 256 for a two-game series of 523.

“That places her among the best scores shot in the state by girls this season,” Comet head coach Doug Bohlen said.

The series is the highest recorded among Comet bowlers — boys and girls — this season, and is the third best all-time for the program.

Last season, Madison’s older sister, Macy Ross, set a team record with a 553 two-game series that included a 299 game. Several weeks before, Cade Schmidt — who is a junior on CC boys team — rolled a 526 series, which was a short-lived all-time school best.

If Madison is going to eclipse her sister’s mark before the end of her senior season, it will most likely be at home at Comet Bowl, where Charles City has one more home meet. But if Madison can keep doing what she has been doing, she’ll set a Charles City girls mark for highest average in a season.

Through 10 games, Madison is averaging 215.5.

With Ross’s big series, the Comet girls improved to 5-0 while easily defeating the Vikings, 2,805-2,144.

On the boys side, the Comets improved to 4-1 while recording a team score of 3,000 for the first time this season.

Freshman Cael Bohlen, who has been consistently around 400 in his two-game series throughout the season, led the Comets with a 402 series.

In the baker rotation, the Comets averaged 216, which further distanced them from the Vikings despite Breyton Johnson’s 433 series to pace all varsity boys.

The Comets will be back in action on Friday (Jan. 11) to take on Waverly-Shell Rock at Waverly Bowl Inn.

Boys Varsity

CHARLES CITY 3,000,
DECORAH 2,584

CHARLES CITY — Nathan Shultz 196, 172-368; Cade Schmidt 194, 189-383; Noah Reams 151, 237-388; Cael Bohlen 219, 183-402, Koyer Kellogg 181, 182-363, Dawson Solomon 202, 178-380. BAKER ROTATION: 190, 224, 227, 236, 202.

DECORAH — Keagan Einek 178, 202-380; Luker Iverson 135, 178-313; Breyton Johnson 205, 228-433; Tyler Thompson 185, 159-344; Carter Einck 167, 135-302; Emmit Stemper 87, 187-274. BAKER ROTATION: 160, 166, 167, 144, 175.

Girls Varsity

CHARLES CITY 2,805,
DECORAH 2,144

CHARLES CITY — Sarah Mitchell 206, 166-372; Joslyn Cotton 179, 189-368; Madison Ross 267, 256-523; Abby Hillegas 158, 183-340; Lilly Usher 165, 124-289; Brianna Ross 145, 173-318. BAKER ROTATION: 244, 208, 152, 151, 129.

DECORAH — Katherine Bruening 142, 105-247; Aubrey Costerton 136, 137-273; Alexis Svestica 159, 126-285; Ann Meinick 142, 121-263; Maddie Putnam 185, 157-342; Lexie Hauber 138, 160-298. BAKER ROTATION: 123, 140, 127, 130, 163.

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