MHS boys’ bowling takes 2nd

By Grant Guggisberg

With more than a week off since their last meet, the Manhattan High bowling teams showed a little rust Monday afternoon at the Shawnee Heights Quadrangular at Gage Bowl.

The boys’ team took second while the girls finished in fourth.

“It was obvious today that both teams were rusty, maybe from not having a tournament last week, and it was our lowest team score of the season by 300 pins,” Manhattan head coach Chris George said. “Granted there was an unusually heavy oil pattern, but it was the same for everyone, and we just didn’t adjust our shot like we should have.”

George said he wants his team to get to the place where poor scores early don’t dictate how the rest of the day goes.

“For both of the teams we need to realize that scores are always relative and if you’re having a sub-average day score wise, and everyone else is too, then you have just as good a chance of winning as when everyone is having one of their better days,” he said. “I think we got down on ourselves early and didn’t compete to the level that we normally do. That will have to change before Thursday when we go to the league tournament.”

On the boys’ side, Washburn Rural won the tournament with a 2,596. Manhattan was second with a 2,200, Shawnee Heights was third with a 2,005, and Topeka High was fourth with an 1,859.

Shon Eakes got the second-place medal rolling a 650. Smitt Thirakul shot a 559, Dustin Wichman rolled a 481, Alex Huerta finished with a 460, Sean Dewitt shot a 426 and Tanner Holen shot a 418.

“On the bright side, Shon was really on top of his game today,” George said. “He was just five pins away from winning the tournament.”

The girls’ team finished fourth shooting a 1,986. Washburn Rural won the tournament with a 2,596, followed by Shawnee Heights with a 2,150, and Topeka High got third 10 pins ahead of Manhattan with a 1,996.

Individually, Danielle Miller led the way for the ladies getting the fifth-place medal and shooting a 537. Meghan Dooley shot a 494, Andrea Miller shot a 456, Kat Eimer shot a 455, Krystyn Winiecki rolled a 425 and Harley Roedel shot a 371 to round out the scoring.

“Danielle had a solid day as well,” George said, “and has been bowling really well as of late.”

The Indians compete in the Centennial League tournament Thursday at Junction City.

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