After a long wait, the Manhattan High bowling team is ready for action.
The Indians don’t have any seniors, but third-year head coach Robert Reagan said there are several promising freshmen. He added that there was increased interest this year.
“Last year, they did pretty good,” Reagan said. “They were still fairly young. They did good for their age and depth of bowling.”
He feels this year’s squad will be improved because more bowlers are participating in local youth bowling.
“It’s just unbelievable how much better they got,” he said.
Middle school bowling started this year, and he thinks that will be another way for students to gain experience before they start high school bowling.
Reagan expects Nathaniel Chaput and Alex Newell to be the high-average bowlers for the boys and girls teams, respectively. He also expects Michael Moran, Avery Groover, Riley Taylor and Mary Jane Benjamin to have an impact for the Indians.
There aren’t any junior varsity girls, and there is only a partial JV team for the boys.
Since KSHSAA rules state that bowling teams can’t start practicing until January, Reagan has only had a couple of days with his team, but he likes what he’s seen so far.
“Every single one of them is willing to listen and willing to try new things to get better,” he said.
As for the season, Reagan wants his team to improve daily and enjoy the opportunity to play a varsity high school sport.
“My goal for them is to just have fun,” he said. “I want them to represent Manhattan High School in a professional manner, and we definitely want them to get better.”
The Indians open the season on Tuesday at Hayden. Their first home tournament is on Jan. 23.