MHS boys 8th, girls 9th in Wichita

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High bowling teams kicked off their season on Saturday with top 10 finishes at the Bishop Carroll Invitational at West Acres Lanes in Wichita.

The boys’ team came away with an eighth-place finish, while the girls’ team finished in ninth.

The tournament was bowled in the Baker style, so individual scores didn’t mean what they typically do in other tournaments. There were 26 teams in the tournament field.

The boys’ group on Saturday was Austin Boerger, Chris Boydston, Matt Troy, Shon Eakes, Tucker Reffit and Alex Huerta. On the girls’ side, Jordan Jackson, Megan Dooley, Miranda Dooley, Krystin Winiecke, Courtney Faucett and Taylor Lund all bowled.

MHS coach Chris George said he was happy with the performances of both teams, especially with some inexperience.

“I was pleased with the girls and boys both because on the girls side there was two that had no tournament experience whatsoever and they did a pretty good job and same with a few of the boys,” he said. “It was a good learning experience, it is kind of like being initiated by fire because it’s hectic and loud and there is a lot of competition.”

George said they also saw some good teams during the tournament, and because of the Baker format that team play was as big as ever and it was a good introduction to the tournament competition.

“They’re not bowling an individual game, they’re as a team, and you are seeing some really good teams there and it all counts as a team score in the Baker format,” he said. “In that format you have one bad frame and it hurts the whole team, being thrown in there against that competition is pretty fierce.”

The Indians will take back to the lanes on Tuesday this week for a meet at Gage Bowl in Topeka.

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