There will be no championship banner raised by the McPherson High girls bowling team or a plaque for the boys.
But MHS coach Herb Halinski was still proud of his team for its season after the girls took fourth place Thursday in the Class 5-1A State Meet at Wichita and the boys were seventh despite shooting one of their best scores of the year.
The highlight was a fourth-place finish by Jasmine Wann, who opened with monster games of 231 and 254 before falling off her pace with a normally respectable 185. She had a 670 series, one of the best of her career.
“Jasmine was awesome all day, she got a couple of bad breaks or could have been higher in standing,” Halinski said.
The Bullpups, with a break here or there, could easily have been higher, Halinski said. They were only 13 pins behind El Dorado for a plaque.
“It was a typical Northrock day where the lanes weren't giving up strikes,” Halinski said. “At Northrock you either strike a lot or spare a lot, there is not a lot of in between. As a whole they missed spares they (both boys and girls) should have made,” Halinski said.
The girls will definitely be in a rebuilding mode next year as Wann, Makenzie Benson, Rhianna Smith and Abby Hughes all graduate off the state team. Juniors-to-be Ashley LaSalle and Alexis Kieffer will be counted on as team leaders. LaSalle was the second-highest bowler at state for MHS and Kieffer the fourth.
The MHS boys had a good number, it just wasn’t good enough as scores were tremendous.
The good news is the Bullpups did not have a senior among their state participants. Carl Frazier was a junior, KC Becker and Jeff Reed were sophomores, and top state bowler Talin Goebel, Clayton Ouellette and Kolton Lare were all freshmen, so Halinski is building something special for the future.
All-in-all, the MHS bowling program remains strong.
“It was a long day and the kids gave their all. I am proud of them all,” Halinski said. “It was a successful season getting both teams to state as that was the goal at the start of the year.”