Bullpup bowlers appear to be loaded

By Steve Sell
December 16, 2013
Chris Swick/Contributed Photo/McPherson Sentinel

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Front row —  Makenzie Benson, Kaylnn Chick, Steve Huerta, Moli Metheny, Carl Frazier, Jasmine Wann, Amanda Miller and Berkley Jackson

Middle Row — Jimmy Fortner, Brett Hartzell, Andrew Almquist, Bailey Holton, Alexis Kieffer, Abby Hughes, Rhianna Smith, Christian Behrens, Macy Nightengale and Crystal Nutter

Back Row — Austin Mitchell, Joel Morey, Jeff Reed, Echo Miller, KC Becker, Allon Taylor, Israel Moyer, Jacob Krehbiel and Jacob Helmer

Not pictured — Trhyston Bishop, Ashley LaSalle, Ning Benhawan, Bailie Elvin and Justin Walker


The McPherson High bowling roster for the 2014 season is now set and Bullpup coach Herb Halinski couldn’t be happier.

This could be a watershed year for the Bullpup program, as Halinski has the makings of a powerhouse team for both the boys and girls. The team’s first match will be Jan. 11 at Wichita.

“The girls should do well as we have so many girls with returning state experience,” Halinski said. 

The Bullpups could have Roundhouse banner expectations. Crystal Nutter is a two-time All-Kansas selection, who has been receiving looks from West Texas State and Newman University. Jasmine Wann, the team’s emotional leader, has really been locked in during the preseason, according to Halinski. 

Mayce Nightengale, Makenzie Benson and Abby Hughes are other returning bowlers with varsity experience, as the Bullpups have a team deep enough where they can overcome one or two bowlers incurring an off day. 

The MHS boys could be highly successful as well. Joel Morey is a state veteran who should be among the best in Kansas. Austin Mitchell and Jacob Helmer are battle-tested and the team has been bolstered by transfer Carl Frazier, who joins the Bullpups from Ohio. Halinski said Frazier could greatly impact the program and push the returnees. Jeff Reed is yet another young bowler who sparkled during the recent tryouts.

“We have a promising group of players this year that seem to have the desire to want to do well and make the annual trip to the state tournament at Northrock Lanes in Wichita,” Halinski said.

MHS, of course, hosts its matches at Starlite Lanes. There are four home dates this year — Jan. 24 (tri with Cheney and Mulvane), Jan. 31 (Circle dual), Feb. 7 (Hutchinson dual) and Feb. 14 (Buhler dual).