With the way Washburn Rural was bowling on Monday, it was hard to stop the Junior Blues.
Both the Washburn Rural boys’ and girls’ teams topped Manhattan in a four-team meet at Little Apple Lanes, with the girls winning by 61 pins and the boys getting the win by more than 200.
MHS coach Chris George said the Junior Blues got on a roll early and were hard to keep up with.
“They started off hot and somebody from their team would step up with a huge game,” he said. “We started off in a hole, but then our second game we closed the gap a little bit. We just didn’t finish as strong on either team.”
The Junior Blues’ girls scored 2,183 points for first, with Manhattan in second at 2,122 and Emporia in third at 1,610. Hayden scored 1,557 for fourth.
George said the 60-pin difference is much closer than it looks on paper.
“We talk about every pin matters, especially every spare matters,” he said. “The girls’ score today is a perfect example of that — 60 pins might sound like a lot, but it’s really just another spare from each girl.”
Erika Peters had the top series of the day, bowling 634 for Washburn Rural, which placed five of its six bowlers in the top 10, with the sixth bowler in 11th.
Meghan Dooley led the Indians in second place with a 597 series, bowling 237, 179 and 181 in three games. Jordan Jackson was in fourth with 541 and bowled the highest individual game on the girls’ side at 244.
Miranda Dooley was in seventh at 463 and Kayla Brock bowled 460 for eighth. Courtney Faucett finished at 437 and Krystyn Winiecke had 382.
The Washburn Rural boys finished just shy of 2,700 at 2,692 for first, while Manhattan bowled 2,476 for second. Emporia was third with 2,246 and Hayden fourth at 1,987.
Trevor Baumgartner was first for the Junior Blues at 718 for his series, and Washburn Rural took the top three spots individually.
George said anytime a team takes the top couple spots, it’s hard to get the better of them.
“That’s pretty tough to beat,” he said. “They’re going to be a good team at the state level, so it was good competition to go against them. We didn’t’ bowl bad, we just didn’t bowl as well as they did.”
Chris Boydston took fourth as the top bowler for the Indians at 653, while Austin Boerger was fifth with 637.
Alex Huerta had a seventh-place finish for Manhattan, posting games of 177, 234 and 217 for a 628 series.
George said this is the time of the season that the team usually starts showing big improvement, and Huerta is a good example of that.
“He’s stepped up his game significantly in the past couple weeks,” he said. “If we can get everyone to be more consistent throughout three games instead of one out of three or two out of three, then we can improve.”
Shon Eakes was 10th for MHS at 558, while Matt Troy finished at 467 and Reece Wright had 443.
Monday’s meet completed the home schedule for the Indians, who will be headed to a meet at Junction City next Tuesday.