Indians cap regular season at Junction City

By Grant Guggisberg

With weather playing a factor in the bowling postseason, the Manhattan High bowlers will end up with a quick turnaround after closing the regular season Tuesday at the Junction City triangular.

Manhattan, set to host a Class 6A regional on Thursday will instead bowl today, with officials deciding to move the tournament up a day to avoid complications from an expected winter storm Thursday.

It could work to the advantage of MHS, as the Indians closed out the regular season with a strong showing. The sboys’ team beat out Emporia and Junction City for first place, bowling a 2,392. The girls’ finished second with a 2,152, 65 pins behind first-place Junction City.

Individually, the Indians were led by Alex Huerta, who got the third-place medal shooting a 610 series. AJ Cabanatuan shot a 595, Smitt Thirakul shot a 566, Shon Eakes shot a 565, Tucker Reffitt shot a 535 and Alex Murph rounded out the scoring with a 514.

“This was the first time in a long while that the Indians have won this event,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said. “The team had very balanced scoring today with everyone contributing at some point. Alex and Smitt both had a high game to boost their series, but senior AJ Cabanatuan had his best outing of the year and was consistent throughout the day, averaging close to 200.”

On the girls’ side, Manhattan was led by Andrea Miller with a 543 series, followed by Miranda Dooley’s 538. Krystyn Winiecki shot a 521, Meghan Dooley a 504, Katherine Eimer a 472 and Rachael Presley shot a 312.

“The girls were led by freshman Andrea Miller who had her best series of the year,” George said. “Senior Miranda Dooley also recorded her best series of the year as well after coming off a slow start. Most of the girls bowled better than their average for the most part, and hopefully this will give them some confidence going into regionals.”

The Indians host the 6A Regional tournament today at Little Apple Lanes with the girls starting at 11 a.m. followed by the boys at 2 p.m.

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