McPherson High’s bowling team certainly is at the top of its game as it heads into regional action Thursday at All-Star Lanes at Salina, hosted by Sacred Heart.
MHS is involved in a Class 5-1A event, with the top two teams advancing on to state, as well as the next six individuals who are not members of state-qualifying teams. The boys bowl first at 10 a.m., with the girls to follow.
The Bullpups enter the regional with a full head of steam, as they crushed the competition last week to win league championships on both sides. The MHS boys were led by league champion Joel Morey, while the girls were paced by the league’s top bowler in Crystal Nutter.
Other teams on hand Thursday are Andale, Buhler, Cheney, Garden Plain, Great Bend, Holcomb, Maize South, Newton, Sacred Heart, Wichita Heights and Wichita Trinity Academy.
“We should have a good chance at regionals,” Bullpup coach Herb Halinski said. “The teams to watch are Wichita Heights, Great Bend and Sacred Heart. We have had success at All-Star Lanes in the past it has been a good building for us. We will have to fill frames to make it to state. The kids are ready as this is the real start of the season now.”
In addition to Morey, who had a blistering 690 at league, the MHS boys had the second-place finisher in Jacob Helmer, who turned in a 674. Austin Mitchell and Carl Frazier were fifth and eighth, respectively, with Frazier overcoming a 114 first game with 201 and 224 as he was able to find his form.
On the girls’ side, Nutter shot a splendid 638 at league, while Mayce Nightingale (593) and Jasmine Wann (577) were third and fourth, respectively. For good measure, Makenzie Benson (548) was fifth.