In the final home tournament of the season, the Manhattan High bowling teams each took second place Monday afternoon at Little Apple Lanes.
In the four-team event, Washburn Rural finished first in both divisions.
On the boys’ side, Manhattan finished with a team score of 2,617, just 17 pins short of Rural’s 2,634. Emporia was third at 2,545 and Hayden finished fourth with 2,088. Shon Eakes led the way for the boys’ team, shooting a 705 series, including a high-game of 279 to finish second individually.
“The highlight of the day had to be Shon’s last game,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said. “He had all strikes going into the last frame when his first ball scored nine pins with the last pin on the verge of toppling over. I thought it was leaning far enough but unfortunately wobbled back in place, robbing him of a perfect game.
“It was still very exciting and I was happy for him to still score a 279 and break 700.”
Also scoring for the Indians were Tanner Holen with a 623, Sean Dewitt with a 612, Smitt Thirakul with a 599, Alex Huerta with a 585 and Dustin Wichman with a 468.
George said the team could have caught Rural with a better start to its day.
“Team-wise, I thought we were right there to claim the first-place medal going into the last game, especially with Smitt catching fire and rolling a 269 his last game,” George said. “We just put ourselves in a hole after the first game and couldn’t quite climb out. Tanner and Sean bowled solid throughout the day and it was nice to see both of them break 600.”
On the girls’ side, the Indians were second with a 2,156, falling short of Rural’s 2,297. Hayden was third with 1,736 and Emporia fourth with a 1,722.
Leading the way for the ladies individually was Danielle Miller, who got third by rolling a 567. Meghan Dooley was fourth with 562. Also scoring for the ladies team were Krystyn Winiecki with a 522, Kat Eimer rolling a 499 and Harley Roedel, who shot a 401.
“The girls were pretty good today, but obviously not good enough to catch Washburn Rural,” George said. “All the girls showed signs of brilliance at times, but had too many opens during the last game to win. I think as a whole we are getting better and our team average is slowing improving.
“We were without Andrea today due to illness so we didn’t have that extra cushion of another score to possibly count on, but we still made a run at it.”
With the home slate now complete, the Indians will hit the road for the rest of the season, beginning on Thursday in Salina at 3:30 p.m.