The Manhattan High bowling team’s came away from Friday’s regional tournament at Lawrence with three individuals qualifying for next week’s state tournament, and the teams just missing.
Austin Boerger qualified as the only boy to represent MHS, finishing third overall with 695. Kalya Brock shot a 550 and Courtney Faucett shot 534 to qualify on the girls’ side.
The MHS boys just missed qualifying as a team, finishing 38 pins behind third-place Washburn Rural with 2,490. Lawrence won at 2,642, Derby was second with 2,624 and Washburn Rural had 2,528.
Chris Boydston shot 583 for the Indians, while Shon Eakes had 577, Alex Huerta finished at 562, Matt Tyoy had 558 and Paul Wichmann had 460.
“We jumped out to a great start and then struggled the rest of the way with our consistency of spare conversion,” MHS coach Chris George said. “As a team we bettered our season average, but today that just wasn’t good enough to make it into the top three.”
The girls’ team finished up in fifth place with 2,113, within 100 pins of third-place Derby at 2,195. Junction City was first with 2,383 and Washburn Rural was at 2,352.
Jordan Jackson just missed a state qualifying spot with 532, while Meghan Dooley was at 401, Miranda Dooley had 497 and Krystyn Winiecki had 437.
George said they boys’ and girls’ struggles drew some comparisons.
“For the girls, we shot just a little below our season average today,” he said. “Our downfall was similar to the boys side with inconsistency in converting our spares.”
George said while the boys and girls might have been unhappy with finishing just short of going to state as a team, it was a still a quality year.
“I know many of the kids were disappointed with the outcome of regionals, but they still had a great year and they set a couple of school records,” he said.
The state tournament will be next Saturday in Wichita.