Facing a Centennial League full of good bowling teams, the Manhattan High bowlers had a tough day at the Gage Center in Topeka.
Of the nine teams competing at the league meet, the boys’ team took sixth and the girls’ team finished in eighth.
“The girls just never got it going today,” Manhattan coach Chris George said. “Our average for the year is around 2,020. We hoped to do better than that today but it just didn’t happen. The boys had spurts where we were competitive but Washburn Rural and Seaman really got off to a good start.”
The girls’ team shot a team score of 1,941, with Shawnee Heights winning the league with a 2,377. Individually, the Indians were led by Krystyn Winiecki’s 489 series. Meghan and Miranda Dooley shot a 482 and 480, respectively. Andrea Miller shot a 454 and Katherine Eimer shot a 445 to round out the scoring for the ladies.
“We have a very young team,” George said. “Hopefully they understand and will learn what type of mindset it takes to compete better at the end of the season.”
On the boys’ side, the Indians shot a team score of 2,307. Washburn Rural won the event by shooting a 2,599, edging out Seaman who finished second with a 2,589.
Shon Eakes took 17th place in the tournament with a 577 series. Alex Huerta shot a 550, Alex Murph shot a 539, Smitt Thirakul shot a 536, Tucker Reffitt a 526 and AJ Cabanatuan rounded out the scoring with a 543.
“We were in the same pod of lanes with Rural and Seaman and I think our guys may have tried to do too much to catch up rather than just focus on the next shot,” George said. “It was still all about the spares and we just left too many out there.”
With regionals on the horizon in a week, the Indians get one more chance to polish their skills with a trip to Junction City on Tuesday before hosting the 6A regional tournament the following Thursday at Little Apple Lanes.
“We have regionals at home next week and we have bowled our best here,” George said. “So there is still time to achieve some of the goals that we set at the beginning of the year.”