Cold temps slow down MHS bowlers

By Grant Guggisberg

As the temperature dropped in Manhattan Monday afternoon, so did the scores for most of the high school bowlers competing on a frigid day in Manhattan’s quadrangular meet at Little Apple Lanes.

Manhattan hosted its first tournament of the season, with the girls’ team taking second place and the boys finishing in third.

Assistant coach Robert Regan said the weather outside can impact the scores on the lanes inside.

“It may have had something to do with the cold weather, and the oil on the lanes staying in place longer throughout the tournament than on a warmer day,” he said. “Just like on the driveway, when its hot, a puddle of oil will spread out more and be thinner in the middle. On a cold day, it stays as a smaller puddle that is thicker in the middle. The lanes are the same way and the shot that works on a warm day just isn’t there when it is a lot colder.”

The girls’ team finished in second place with a team score of 2,082, just nine pins short of Shawnee Heights, who won the tournament with a 2,091. Junction City finished in third place with a 1,917 and Emporia finished in fourth place.

Individually, Danielle Miller got second place with a 527, Krystyn Winiecki rolled a 503 to finish third, and Kat Eimer got fourth with a 498. Also scoring for the ladies were Meghan Dooley with a 480, Andrea Miller with a 456 and Harley Roedel with a 438.

“Danielle started out slow, but finished her third game with the high game of the day,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said. “A 256, to jump into second place.”

On the boys’ side, Manhattan finished in third place with a team score of 2,410, just behind Junction City who finished second, rolling a 2,445. Emporia won the tournament with a 2,551 while Shawnee Heights finished fourth.

Leading the way for the Indians was Shon Eakes, who got second place individually with a 657.

“The bright spot for the Indians was Shon Eakes,” George said. “He started out hot with a 240 and then followed up with two good games.”

Smit Thirakul finished fifth individually with a 617. Also scoring for the Indians was Alex Huerta with a 581, Sean Dewitt with a 512, Dustin Wichman with a 507 and Tanner Holen with a 487.

George said the depth just wasn’t there for the Indians on Monday.

“Team-wise, we didn’t have the support and depth from enough people, we were a little average,” he said. “We need to learn to figure out and adjust to the conditions of the day and move our alignment rather than try to play the same shot every time.

“Hopefully we will learn from it and move forward.”

The Indians travel to Junction City on Thursday and then return home to host their last home tournament on Monday, beginning at 2 p.m.

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