MHS bowling teams fight inconsistency at Junction

By Grant Guggisberg

Fresh off a home tournament win on Monday, the Manhattan High bowling teams traveled to Junction City for a triangular meet with the Blue Jays and Sacred Heart.

This go-round, the Indians struggled with inconsistency, with the boys finishing in third and the girls taking second as a team.

On the girls’ side, Manhattan’s top bowlers, Meghan and Miranda Dooley led the way for the Indians with a 538 and a 513 series, respectively. Krystyn Winiecki shot a 461, Katherine Eimer and Andrea Miller each had a 451, and Danielle Miller rounded out the scoring with a 422.

The Indians finished with a team score of 2,038, 57 pins behind first-place Junction City.

“Meghan and Miranda were in the top three for the tournament,” head coach Chris George said, “but we didn’t have the depth throughout the team to take home first place today.”

The boys’ team struggled with inconsistency on the day, with the JV actually posting a better team score than the varsity. The high series for the boys was Shon Eakes who shot a 576. Alex Huerta was right behind with a 572. Alex Murph had a 535, Smitt Thirakul had a 515, Gerad Vanhoosier had a 468 and Eric Prokish had a 472.

“Inconsistency was a major problem throughout the day for the boys,” George said. “It seemed we would take one step forward and two steps back. We really struggled finding our mark.”

George said there could be some new faces on varsity as two JV bowlers posted series scores of more than 600.

“There may be some new faces in the lineup on Monday,” he said. “Tucker Reffitt and AJ Cabanatuan each shot over 600 and will be given a chance to earn a spot on the varsity roster.”

The Indians host their final home meet of the year on Monday at Little Apple Lanes, starting at 2 p.m. Washburn Rural, Emporia and Hayden are all scheduled to make the trip.

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