MHS bowlers finish 3rd in Topeka

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High bowling teams each took third place at the Topeka West Invitational Thursday at Westridge Lanes.

The Indians got one individual champion on the day, with Smit Thirakul winning on the boys’ side by rolling a 691 series.

“The bright spot for the Indians was the first place finish by Smit,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said. “He started off hot right out of the gate rolling a 267 in his first game. He was over 200 for all of his games and won the individual medal by 40 pins.”

In boys’ team competition, Topeka West won with a 2,563, Emporia got second with a 2,492, Manhattan finished third with a 2,466, and Shawnee Heights finished fourth.

Thirakul’s big day helped bolster the Indians’ team score, with teammate Shon Eakes rolling a 599, Tanner Holen with a 570, Sean DeWitt with a 561, Alex Huerta with a 536 and Lukas Hugunin with a 467. 

On the girls’ side, Shawnee Heights won the tournament with a 2,291, Topeka West finished second with a 2,118, and the Indians got third with a 2,073. Emporia finished fourth.

The girls were led by Danielle Miller, who shot a 542 to take third place individually. Krystyn Winiecki got fifth place, rolling a 519. Also competing for the girls were Meghan Dooley with a 487, Andrea Miller with a 479, Kat Eimer with a 476, and Harley Roedel with a 368.

George said he wants to see his team get more consistent to compete for team titles.

“The rest of the teams were up and down and not as consistent as we need to be,” George said. “In order to win tournaments, we need to consistently convert the routine spares and that didn’t happen enough today for both boys and girls. We work on it every day, though, and we will get better.”

Manhattan is at home for the first time all season on Monday. The tournament begins at 2 p.m. at Little Apple Lanes.

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