WICHITA — McPherson High’s bowling team opened its season Saturday by competing in an unusual format.
The Bishop Carroll Invitational employed a “baker format,” where the first bowler bowls the first and sixth frames, the second bowler the second and seventh frames and so on.
“It is the true team aspect of bowling,” MHS coach Herb Halinski said.
The Bullpup boys wound up taking fourth place and the girls were sixth. There were 26 schools in each division.
“We had something very special happen today as Joel Morey filled all of his frames,” Halinski said. “No open frames. He was throwing the ball really well and only had two balls that were out of the pocket. Carl Frazier also threw the ball really well on the boys’ side. Jacob Helmer was in the pocket most of the day as well. Austin Mitchell did a great job, and Jeff Reed and Brett Hartzell shared time bowling as well.”
The Bullpups also had some good moments on the girls’ side.
“Crystal Nutter was up to her usual self, striking a lot in the 10th frame of each of the games,” Halinski said. “She struck out three times of the 12 games bowled and doubled three times as well. Mayce Nightingale bowled well today. She made most of her spares and kept the ball in play. Jasmine Wann did a pretty good job making spares, but just couldn't buy a strike all day. Makenzie Benson, Abby Hughes and Rhianna Smith also bowled today."
The Bullpups will compete Tuesday in a triangular at Newton, with Cheney the third team on hand.