April 17, 2024

Creston bowling finishes year

Creston Panther bowling teams season ended earlier this week at their respective state-qualifying meets.

Panther girls competed Monday at Atlantic. Creston finished fourth as a team with 1,741 points. Graceleigh Bolinger led Creston with 421 points. She was followed by Olivia Coenen, 396; Jana Peavler, 365; Jenna Orr, 347 and Nicole Nutt, 206.

Shenandoah won the meet with 2,461 points. The Fillies were followed by Greene County, 1,801; Lenox, 1,789; Creston; and Mount Ayr, 1,325.

Creston boys finished their season Tuesday also in Atlantic at the state-qualifying meet. Creston boys finished fourth as a team with 2,053. Brett Orr topped Creston boys with a 576 followed by Cash Abildtrup, 474; Marshall Howard, 425; Drake Rehmeyer, 421; Stephen Sistad, 411 and William Nutt, 312.

Clarinda won the meet with 3,090 followed by Shenandoah, 3,032; Mount Ayr, 2,253; Creston; West Central Valley, 1,687 and Lamoni, 1,668.

“They both bowled above average that day,” said Creston coach Ron Pendegraft. “We had two girls and two boys who did well comparing to their averages,” he said referring to Brett Orr, Howard, Bolinger and Coenen. “Brett had some splits that were not fair, but that happens,” he said about some of his more difficult situations.

In late, regular season action, Clarke defeated Creston boys 3,109 to 2,178 on Feb. 8. Creston boys placed eighth Feb. 9 at the conference meet with 2,249 points. St. Albert won with 3,162.

Creston girls lost to Clarke 2,279 to 1,201. Panther girls also placed eighth in the conference meet with 1,541 points. Denison-Schleswig won with 2,607.

“The season as a whole, it is hard to compete with our resources. It is hard for kids to get to that point where they can compete with upper teams. We would like to help out Osceola’s youth league by getting some of our kids there.”

Creston practiced at Osceola because of the lack of competitive style bowling lanes in Creston.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.