MHS bowling takes first at Junction City

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High boys’ and girls’ bowling teams got warmed up for the regional tournament this weekend, as each finished first in Tuesday’s Junction City quad.

The girls’ posted a score of 2,205 and were led by Jordan Jackson’s career-high 678 series.

With Jackson winning the individual title, Meghan Dooley was third at 557. Miranda Dooley finished with 406, while Kayla Brock had 467. Courtney Faucett finished at 482 and Krystyn Winiecki had 352.

“The girls got off to a hot start led by Jordan’s 254 and Meghan’s 207 in the first game,” MHS coach Chris George said. “They hung on to beat Junction City by about 100 pins.”

Topeka West took third on the girls’ side and Emporia finished fourth.

The boys’ defeated Topeka West by two pins at 2,311. Junction City was third at 2,278 and Emporia finished fourth.

George said the team used a total effort to win, with all six contributing to the score.

Matt Troy led the way with 586, while Chris Boydston was at 579 and Austin Boerger had 529.

Shon Eakes finished up with 502, while Alex Huerta bowled a 471 series and Paul Wichmann finished with 493.

“It worked out that someone was having their best game at just the right time,” George said. “We dug ourselves in a big hole after the first set of games with nobody breaking 200. Nobody gave up, however, and we somehow managed to put four good games together in the second and third sets.”

Troy shot 224 in the second set, and Wichmann had 226. Boydston was at 226 and Eakes at 231 in the final game.

The teams will travel to Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence on Friday for the regional tournament hosted by Lawrence Free State.

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