WICHITA — McPherson High’s bowling teams opened the season on Saturday competing in a Baker Tournament hosted by Bishop Carroll, which is more about team bowling that individual bowling.
“Overall I was pleased with the outcome,” MHS coach Herb Halinski said. “The girls were a surprise. They finished 14th overall. It was a big learning experience for them as three of them have never bowled a high school meet before and they were nervous. Maysan (Groote), Cheyann (Williams) and Brooke (Miller) were able to help calm down the new girls. They really seemed to have a good time as a team and were talking the whole time.”
The boys had a strong field to contend with, taking 10th.
“The boys side was about where I thought they would finish,” Halinski said. “It was a roller-coaster of a day. A couple of good games followed by bad breaks or missed spares in the next game. They just could not get anything going as a whole. Communication was great with the guys. Dylan Krehbiel was nervous to start, but he was able to start striking and throw the ball great. The Baker format is a really exciting format as it is the true team concept of our sport. Both the girls and boys have a lot of work to do to improve overall.”
The Bullpup girls took 14th out of 24, with Garden City clipping Wichita Northwest by 5 pins for the title.
On the boys’ side, Bishop Carroll was the winner, outlasting Wichita Northwest.
MHS’ next action is Thursday at it takes on Mulvane in Derby. The team then hosts Wichita Collegiate on Friday at Starlite Lanes.