MHS bowlers take first at Junction City

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High bowling teams went 2 for 2 on Thursday in Junction City, capturing a pair of first-place finishes at the Blue Jays’ triangular.

The girls’ team rolled a season-high team score of 2,310 to defeat Junction City, which had a 2,084 in what turned out to be a dual as Salina Sacred Heart did not bring a girls’ team. Leading the way for the ladies was Meghan Dooley with a 642 to capture first place, while teammate Andrea Miller rolled a 616 to get the second-place medal.

“It was especially nice to see Meghan break out and have a solid day,” Manhattan High head coach Chris George said. “She went to state last year but hasn’t been up to what she is capable of yet this year, until today. She made some adjustments to her shot and was on today.

“Andrea has rolled some high scores in practice, but if I remember correctly hasn’t broke 600 in a tournament. All of the other girls are showing improvement and hopefully today will boost their confidence.”

Also scoring for the ladies were Krystyn Winiekcki with a 551, Danielle Miller with a 480, Harley Roedel with a 454 and Kat Eimer with a 440.

“This was our best tournament finish thus far this year,” George said. “For the girls, Meghan, Andrea, Krystyn and Harley all had personal bests or a series close to their personal record.”

On the boys’ side, Manhattan rolled a 2,508 to edge out Sacred Heart by one pin, which finished with a 2,507. Junction City got third with a 2,487.

None of the boys finished in the top three individually, but Alex Huerta rolled a 673 to lead the way for Manhattan. Helping bolster the team score were Dustin Wichman with a 608,  Smitt Thirakul shooting a 601, Tanner Holen rolling a 557, Shon Eakes with a 547 and Lukas Hugunin with a 461.

“We had good depth today,” George said. “Dustin, Tanner, Shon and Smitt all had at least one good high game to contribute, and Alex was solid throughout. He started with a 233 and didn’t waiver too much from that to finish with a good series. Usually his score would be in the top three, but today there were a couple of 700 series and a high 600.

“For the boys we had some guys that were hot and cold except for Alex. That’s OK when you can have everyone contribute at least a game to the team score and that is what happened today.”

This year’s Centennial League meet is in Junction City, so George said he hopes Thursday’s results were a sign of good things to come.

“Our league tournament is in Junction City this year, and hopefully today’s showing will give us some confidence on that day,” George said.

Manhattan hosts Washburn Rural, Emporia and Hayden at 2 p.m. Monday at Little Apple Lanes in the team’s final home meet of the year.

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