GREAT BEND —The McPherson High girls bowling team will get its chance to repeat as Class 5-1A state champions.
And the boys will get the opportunity to improve on last year’s third-place state finish.
Both MHS teams qualified for state by placing third during Friday’s regional.
Led by regional champion Jasmine Wann and third-place Makenzie Benson, the Bullpup girls claimed the third and final spot with a 2,056, trailing Salina South (2,083) and Great Bend (2,076). The remaining seven teams were nowhere near the leaderboard.
Wann had a 573 (213-194-166) to win the title by three pins over Maria Salinas of Salina South.
Benson was solid with games of 170-195-192 for a 557.
Great Bend is always one of the toughest houses to shoot in. The rest of the Bullpups were well back as Alexis Kieffer was 23rd (120-159-162—441), Rhianna Smith was 35th (133-138-128—409), Abby Hughes was 37th (121-115-167—403) and Ashley LaSalle was 50th (147-148-59—354).
The MHS boys shot a 2,486 to edge out Salina South by six pins for the final spot. Sacred Heart was first with 2,672 and Great Bend was second with 2,585.
The story of the day was an unexpected 605 by Kolton Lare (170-225-210), as he took 11th. Two Bullpup mainstays made the Top 10 — Carl Frazier (3rd with 225-215-232—672) and Jeff Reed (8th with 259-161-193—613).
Other Bullpups were KC Becker (25th with 168-184-203—555), Clayton Ouellette (28th with 169-201-169—539) and Talin Goebel (54th with 136-184-105—425).
Sacred Heart’s Ryan Franzen was medalist with a huge 766 — 258, 265, 243. Great Bend’s Jeff Mietler was second with 722 — 267, 238, 217.
The state tournament is Thursday at North Rock Lanes in Wichita.