SALINA — McPherson High senior bowlers Carl Frazier and Bailey Holton qualified for state during the Class 5-1A Regional Tournament on Thursday.
Frazier bowled a consistent 234-214-217 for a 665 to take ninth as big numbers were the order of the day. MHS, though, only finished fifth as a team despite a 2,432 total.
Other MHS scores were Clayton Ouellette (234-210-166-610), Mathew Stiggins (181-211-203-595), Jeff Reed (213-164-164-541), KC Becker (190-176-111-477) and Talin Goebel (158-152-130-440).
Salina South won the team title with 2,786, while Wichita Heights (2,635) and Newton (2,511) rounded out the Top 3 as the 5A schools ruled. Sacred Heart’s amazing Ryan Franzen had a 777 series to win the individual title as he had games of 264, 268 and 245.
Holton had a 520 for 16th place after games of 171-200-149. The Bullpups were fourth as a team with 1,971, trailing Salina South (2,443), Great Bend (2,408) and Buhler (2,008).
Other scores for MHS were Ashley LaSalle (149-174-154-477), Alexis Kieffer (147-179-147-473), Brooke Miller (174-176-122-472), Maysan Groote (107-97-151-355) and Anna Young (125-115-113-353).
All-in-all, it was a bit of a bittersweet day for the Bullpups, according to coach Herb Halinski.
“It was a rough day,” he said. “I am very proud of these two seniors (Frazier and Holton) as they never gave up and gave it their all throughout the day. Each of them threw the ball really well and made spares. They both will be practicing the next several days attempting to cap off their careers at MHS as individual champions.”
Halinski was hoping both teams could get in, but it just wasn’t their day.
“The day was really disappointing, spare shooting was terrible,” he said. “I don't know what happened as we practiced spares all week in anticipation of the meet coming down to who could make spares would go to state. Scores for the third team spot were close as you will see on attachment. It will be a fun day next Friday (at state) being able to give my full attention to Carl and Bailey during their individual attempt, but will miss the fun part of the team competition.”