The Manhattan High bowling teams posted their best Centennial League finishes in program history on Wednesday, as both finished third at West Ridge Lanes in Topeka.
Both sides of the meet featured upsets as the Junction City girls edged Washburn Rural by one pin with a score of 2,249. Manhattan wasn’t far off either, scoring 2,237.
On the boys’ side, Seaman topped Washburn Rural by a few more pins, scoring 2,620 to the Junior Blues’ 2,529. MHS had 2,481.
Manhattan coach Chris George said both teams had a good shot at winning the title.
“We finished the best that the program has ever finished, and both teams were capable of bringing home the trophy going into the last game,” he said. “It just didn’t go our way, but both teams still had a pretty good day.”
Jordan Jackson led the MHS girls with a fourth-place finish off a 591 series, while Miranda Dooley was 11th with 550. Courtney Faucett scored a career best 533 to take 16th.
Kayla Brock finished the day with a 504, while Meghan Dooley had a 469 series. Krystyn Winiecke finished her first league tournament with a 370.
George said they were right there at the end of the tournament with Junction City and Washburn Rural.
“We only missed it by 12, so out of all those pins it comes down to that,” he said. “It was a crazy finish
Austin Boerger was the top scorer on the boys’ side for Manhattan, scoring 654 for fourth place. Shon Eakes grabbed seventh place after finishing with a 625 series, and Chris Boyston had 587 to finish 16th.
Manhattan got 559 out of Matt Troy, while Alex Huerta posted a series of 490. Paul Wichmann concluded his day at 485.
The Indians will finish the regular season next Tuesday with a meet at Juntion City before turning their sights on the regional meet the following Friday. Lawrence Free State will host the regional meet at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence.