HUTCHINSON — One pin.
That’s all that stood between McPherson High’s Clayton Ouellette and a perfect game on Tuesday at The Alley in the Bullpups’ dual bowling match with Buhler.
“Clayton threw every ball good and left a ringing 10-pin on his final shot,” said MHS coach Herb Halinski, whose boys came away with a 2,491-2,216 victory over their arch-rival. “It should have been a strike. I am very proud of Clayton. He came Monday night to watch us bowl and learn how the lanes transitioned and his score showed he is able to scout lanes.”
Ouellette’s 299 came on his opening game and he also had a 226 and 243 for a 768 series.
Ouellette’s high game broke the school record of 290 by Levi Holgerson. Carl Frazier’s 791 series was threatened, but remained intact.
Matt Stiggins was second for the Bullpups with a 564. MHS improved to 3-0 in dual matches.
“The boys bowled good as a team, when one was down another picked it up,” Halinski said.
Matt Gesaman had a 587 and Jared Armstrong a 566 in JV action as they both beat all the varsity bowlers but Ouellette.
The Bullpup girls lost their first match of the year, 2,017-1,666, as they are now 2-1. Cheyann Williams, though, shined in defeat with a team-leading 493, which included a 200 game.
“The girls struggled all day,” Halinski said. “Cheyann had a 200 her last game. They are not used to bowling away from Starlite, but will get plenty of practice the rest of the week as we travel to Derby on Thursday, and Wichita on Friday and Saturday.”
• VARSITY BOYS •
Taylor Miller, 139-200-211-550
Dylan Krehbiel, 184-143-154-481
Clayton Ouellette, 299-226-243-768
Matt Stiggins, 226-162-176-564
Jc Becker, 149-176-194-519
Ben Houston, 112-207-146-465
• VARSITY GIRLS •
Naomy Aguilar, 112-87-101-300
Maysan Groote, 124-136-162-422
Cheyann Williams, 146-147-200-493
Brooke Miller, 158-129-109-396
Heidi Allen, 102-118-123-343
Birkley Schwartz, 101-85-111-304
• JV BOYS •
Jared Armstrong, 212-194-160-566
Devin Hartley, 104-116-139-359
Matt Gesaman, 201-174-212-587
Wyatt Eisenbarth, 136-122-144-404
Clayton Everhart, 96-149-153-398
James Gesaman, 146-114-136-396