First state bowling results in 7th place

Mason Alberto, Staff Writer

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The Varsity bowling team placed at state to end the season and for most, this year will be the one people will remember.

This year for Varsity bowling was the first time they have ever participated at state. Last Thursday was the final time that the team would compete and they made it one to remember. The team finished in seventh place overall in 6A for the state of Kansas.

Despite a rough start to the season, the team gradually improved to make their way to the top level of competition.

“I was glad that we made it to state for the first time in history. It really makes you feel special to be first,” junior Michael Moran said. “Seventh place was not the best feeling, but it was better than last. I feel we could have bowled better but we were nervous. I’m proud of how we did for our first time.”

The team’s first game of the state competition in Wichita resulted with a score of 626. This was followed with a score of 708 and ened with a 681. All of the games totaled them at an overall series of 2015.

“I am very satisfied with how the season went. I believe the seventh place finish is very respectable considering the talent of high school bowlers across the state,” coach Robert Regan said. “The most memorable moments for me was having my oldest bowler, Nathaniel Chaput, make it to state after coaching him for four years, and having one of our freshmen, Connor Weyand, win our regional with a career high 714.”

Chaput concluded his last game at 35th individually with a series of 477. Juniors Moran and Avery Groover finished 18th and 37th individually with a series of 517 and 477. Sophomores Grant Terril and Brandon Bragg finished 64th and 47th individually with a series of 430 and 456. Freshman Conner Weyand finished his first season 21st individually and a series of 509.

On the girls’ side, junior Zoe Johnson finished 44th individually with a series of 444. The team faced off against Wichita Northwest, Topeka Washburn Rural, Olathe East, Haysville Campus, Derby, Junction City, Olathe Northwest and Shawnee Mission south High schools.

“I was shocked. I have never made it to state until now. I felt like we didn’t deserve 7th. We all did terrible at state and we should’ve done better ,” Chaput said. “I really liked my coaches. They taught me everything it takes to be an excellent bowler.”

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