After opening the season in a Baker-style tournament, the MHS bowling teams got back to the regular style they will be more accustomed to on Tuesday, as both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished third at the Hayden Invitational at Gage Bowl in Topeka.
The girls’ team was 25 pins behind second-place Washburn Rural at 2,026, while Seaman claimed first place. On the boys’ side, the Indians finished at 2,407, while Seaman was two pins ahead in second place and Washburn Rural won at 2,563.
Jordan Jackson brought home the girls’ individual title for MHS, finishing at 629, while Kayla Brock was sixth at 532.
Megan Dooley was at 453 through the day and Courtney Faucett finished with 395 pins. Miranda Dooley had 380 and Krystyn Winiecke shot 354.
MHS coach Chris George was pleased with the effort on the girls’ side, especially with a number of inexperienced girls.
“The girls were a surprise and Jordan even had the game-high as well,” he said. “Kayla Brock had a strong day and the rest of the girls aren’t quite experience, so I was happy with the way they did.”
The boys’ team was led by a third-place finish from Chris Boydston at 651, while Shon Eakes finished eighth with 587.
Austin Bourger bowled a 562 series for the Indians, while Alex Huerta was at 547. Matt Troy finished at 470 and Tucker Reffit had 447.
George said overall it was a nice day for his team as it gets used to regular tournament play.
“It was a good start to the regular type of bowling that we will do,” he said. “The boys just missed second to a good team and Washburn Rural was really on their game today, but we had Chris and Shon bowl pretty good, and other than Chris, I think everyone on the team would say they could have bowled better. I’m confident and they’re confident that we can do better as the season goes on.”
The team won’t compete again until Thursday, Jan. 19 with a tournament at West Ridge Lanes in Topeka.