The West Delaware boys bowling squad improved to 3-1 on the season in a Dec. 21 road win over Decorah (2-3), at Oneota Lanes.

“We had a really good week of practice, where we wanted to develop a nice ‘A game,’ where they’re comfortable shooting and changing their hand positions at home,” Hawks head coach Bob Morris said.

Morris praised his seniors’ efforts, in particular, in the 2,918-2,510 victory.

“No one does it better on our team than Ian Tibbott. He did a good job getting lined up, he had a 440 series. Hit a 171 his first game and he had to kind of work to find his shot. He got going and threw like nine strikes in a row for a 269 in the second game. Alex (Schnieders), too, did a nice job. My two seniors, the two captains, did a nice job reading lanes and they responded how I expect them to.”

Behind Tibbott, Schnieders rolled 196, 203 for a399 series. Eli Heims tallied a 392(206, 186), Brandon Larsen 352 (201, 151), Grant Schmidt 328 (150, 178) and Cole Turnis 313 (152, 161).

In the Baker round, West Delaware stayed consistent en route to rolling games of 212, 206, 199, 199 and 191. Now enjoying a short break in the action, Morris is quite satisfied with where his bowlers are at heading into 2019.

“Their attitude is always good and they’re so willing to learn. They understand that no matter how hard you work there’s still no guarantee that you get the results you want. They’re a lot of fun to coach and be around,” Morris said of the squad.