Bowling places third at Topeka

Rachel Edie , Business Manager

On Wednesday, Manhattan High’s bowling team competed in their first quad of the season at Westridge Lanes in Topeka. The quad was against Topeka West, Shawnee Heights, and Emporia. 

“The bowling tournament went pretty well overall,” junior Megan Whitson said. “I think we did a good job of encouraging each other and keeping ourselves positive, which tends to be hard when it comes to bowling.”

The team left for the tournament at 1:45 p.m. and arrived in time for their tournament, which started at 3 p.m.

The lanes weren’t exactly what the players were used to so they had a little bit of trouble with their shots at the beginning of the day. They were eventually able to adjust to the difference in lanes and use it to their advantage. They had to make quick adjustments to their plays in order to finish off with a strong game. 

Overall, the boys barely missed the top spot by 26 pins, which put them in second, coming in behind Shawnee Heights. Top bowlers in the boys category were junior Austin Bender, ending with a 584, junior Kyle Millet with a 596 in total. The top boys bowler from Manhattan High at the tournament was junior Evan Wasinger with a 622,  which earned him third place in the individual scores. 

Girls had a more successful quad than the boys, tying for first with Emporia. Top girls bowlers were sophomore Jasmine Bridges, who came in second with a 542 series, and Whitson, who came in third with a 540 series. 

The team’s next tournament will be their first at-home tournament, held at Little Apple Lanes on Wednesday. 

“[I’m] proud of both boys and girls today for not giving up on the harder condition and earning themselves very respectable finishes,” coach Robert Marsh said.