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MHS bowlers finish well in Topeka

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan Indian Bowling team competed Tuesday at the Hayden Baker Tournament at Westridge Lanes in Topeka, with the girls winning the championship and the boys finishing in second.

The girls came back in the final game of the day to win the tournament with an 1150 total score. The Indians edged out Shawnee Heights in the final two frames to claim the victory. The girls were represented by Meghan Dooley, Krystyn Winiecki, Danielle Miller, Andrea Miller and Kat Eimer.

The boys’ team finished in second place behind Seaman, which won the tournament with a 1,332. Manhattan was second with 1,298.

The boys’ team included Smit Thirakul, Dustin Wichman, Alex Huerta, Tanner Holen, Sean DeWitt and Frank Felber.

In the Baker format there are no individual scores as everyone contributes to the one team score for each game.

“This was the second Baker format tournament that the Indians have competed in,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said. “The future of high school championships in Kansas is moving towards this type of format and it is a total team effort without any individual scores. There is a different kind of pressure in this game because you only get to bowl two frames per game.”

George said the teams were both good in picking up spares.

“Consistency and spare conversion is critical and today both teams were pretty good today in picking up spares,” he said. “That is what made the difference and allowed the girls to win.”

After missing out on Saturday’s season opener, George was happy to see his girls’ squad come away with a win to start the year after a tough end to the season last year.

“I was glad to see the girls finally come away with a victory,” George said. “It has been awhile and hopefully this can jump start their season. The boys bowled well but give Seaman credit, they got hot at the end.”

The Indians take a week off before traveling back to Topeka next Thursday.

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