MHS bowlers sweep at Sacred Heart

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High bowling teams swept the Sacred Heart quadrangular Thursday at All-Star Lanes in Salina, finishing first in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions.

A hot start for the Indians proved to be enough despite lower scores in the final game of the afternoon.

“On both teams, we started out hot today and built a large enough separation to hang on for the win,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said, “despite a lackluster third game.”

The girls’ team shot a team score of 2,226 to get first place ahead of Junction City, which shot 2,027 and Hayden, which took third with a 1,916.

Leading the way for the ladies was senior captain Meghan Dooley, who got the first-place medal shooting a career-high 651 series. Krystyn Winiecki also rolled a career-high series of 552 to take third place. Winiecki rolled the tournament’s high game of the day with a 235, which was also a career best.

“It was fun to see Krystyn get hot and roll the high game of the day,” George said. “She is a very consistent bowler and usually doesn’t vary too much from game to game.

“Meghan has been on a roll lately, no pun intended, and I hope she can keep it up for another four weeks. All the girls contributed and they are coming together as a team.”

Danielle Miller shot a 521, Andrea Miller shot a 459, Kat Eimer rolled a 462 and Harley Roedel shot a 437 to round out the scoring.

On the boys’ side, the Indians rolled a 2,509 to finish ahead of second-place Sacred Heart by 25 pins. Junction City took third with a 2,380 and Hayden finished fourth.

Individually, Smitt Thirakul finished third overall with a 640. Tanner Holen and Alex Huerta each rolled a 602, Shon Eakes shot a 537, Sean Dewitt rolled a 597 and Dustin Wichman rolled a 465 to round out the scoring for the guys.

Dewitt, Thirakul and Holen each had first-game scores of more than 250 to set the tone early.

“I was happy to see Tanner and Sean have games like that, they have been constantly improving this season, and have probably shown as much improvement as anyone on the team,” George said. “Tanner shot the high game of the day (267), a personal best for him. I think Sean’s game was also a personal best.

“Smitt is our number one and did a good job of leading the way for us and Alex was solid throughout the day.”

George said if both teams are going to realize their season-long goals, consistency remains key.

“In order for us to reach our goal of winning the league title and making it to state, we can’t afford to take a game off like we did in the third game today,” George said. “We have to eliminate the missing of easy spares and be a little more consistent. Still, it was a great showing and the kids did a good job today.”

The Indians will be off all next week as they prepare for the Shawnee Heights Invitational at Gage Bowl the following Monday, Feb. 17.

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