At the state bowling competition the boys bowling group placed eighth. While, in girls individual competition junior Cassie Widmer placed 21st on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Bishop Carroll High School.
Bowling coach Adam Wessel thought that the boys did a good job at state.
“Just getting to state was a great accomplishment for our boys, but I know they were disappointed in their performance,” Wessel said. “We bowled really well in the first game and were in contention, but lacked some consistency.”
Widmer is disappointed that she wasn’t able to medal.
“I am really upset with myself on [state] bowling,” Widmer said. “I wanted to get in the top 20, so I could medal and I got 21st and didn’t medal by 5 pins.”
Wessel agrees with Widmer’s reaction.
“Cassie bowled well,” Wessel said. “I think she was probably disappointed that she didn’t medal because it was one of her goals, but she had a pretty solid day.”
The boys team individually placed and the rankings are as follows:
Senior Nicholas Ridgeway placed 13th
Sophomore Cole Gray placed 33rd
Junior Jonathan Darby placed 63rd
Senior Avery Laluk placed 66th
Senior L.J. Hatch placed 67th
Sophomore Cody Deas placed 70th
The varsity boys and girls bowling teams both placed second in their meet at Mission Bowl on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The girls and boys varsity competed against Olathe Northwest High School and Shawnee Mission South High School.
Bowling coach Adam Wessel says that the bowling members will learn from this meet.
“It was a struggle for both teams,” Wessel said. “We know that we are better than how we bowled on Tuesday and hopefully we can use it as a learning experience to get better.”
Girls varsity bowling member Cassie Widmer thinks that the team did well.
“Overall, I think we did decent, but we still have a lot to improve upon,” Widmer said. “Especially picking up our spares.”
The next bowling meet is in Leavenworth at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 against De Soto High School and Leavenworth High School.
MVTV reporter Alex Rounds gives us an update on the bowling season.
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The boys and girls varsity bowling teams competed against Lansing High School, Shawnee Heights High School, and St. James Academy at Park Lanes on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The boys took first place and the girls took third place.
Bowling coach Adam Wessel was happy with the outcome.
“I was pleased with the results for our first tournament,” Wessel said. “But there is room for improvement.”
Varsity bowling member Cassie Widmer agrees.
“I think the girls team did a good job, since most of our team is pretty new to bowling,” Widmer said. “I am so proud of them. The boys team, varsity and JV, are really good this year.”
Wessel thinks that they can improve even more.
“One of the areas I would like to see improvement in is consistency,” Wessel said.
The next bowling meet for varsity and JV is at Gage Bowl in Topeka at 3:30 p.m. against Leavenworth High School and Topeka High School on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The bowling teams swept their meet on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Crown Lanes in Leavenworth.
Boys varsity had a team score of 2,402, beating F.L. Schlagle High School and Leavenworth High School. Individual series scores were: senior Tyler Moore, 634, junior LJ Hatch, 611, senior Garrett Scheffler, 531, freshman Cole Gray, 563, senior Robbie Weber, 493, and senior Bret Holloway, 461.
Girls varsity had a team score of 1,897. Individual series scores were: senior Dakotah Widmer, 487, sophomore Cassie Widmer, 480, sophomore Lindsey Jackson, 431, senior Madison Bohling, 418, freshman Maridee Weber, 414, and senior Olivia Cain, 371.
The bowling teams also competed in a tournament on Monday, Feb. 6 against De Soto High School, Blue Valley Southwest High School and Topeka West High School at West Ridge Lanes in Topeka.
Varsity boys placed first, varsity girls and junior varsity boys placed second and junior varsity girls placed third.
Next Tuesday, Feb. 14 the teams will travel to West Ridge Lanes again to compete against Seaman High School at 3:30 p.m.
The bowling teams swept their meets at Park Lanes on Monday, Jan. 30.
Varsity and junior varsity boys defeated De Soto High School and Atchison High School. Varsity had a team score of 2,412. Individual series scores were: freshman Cole Gray, 657, senior Tyler Moore, 654, junior LJ Hatch, 608, senior Robbie Weber, 499, senior Bret Holloway, 423 and senior Ryan Hannah, 412.
Varsity and junior varsity girls defeated DHS and Atchison, as well as Blue Valley Southwest High School. Varisty had a team score of 1,811. Individual series scores were: senior Dakotah Widmer, 539, sophomore Cassie Widmer, 477, senior Madison Bohling, 403, senior Olivia Cain, 355, sophomore Lindsey Jackson, 327 and freshman Courtney Ezzell, 302.
Gray placed first overall in boys varsity and Widmer placed first overall in girls varsity.
The teams will take on DHS, BVSW and Topeka West High School at West Ridge Lanes in Topeka on Monday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 9, the bowling teams will travel to Crown Lanes in Leavenworth for the Leavenworth Tri, which will begin at 3:30 p.m as well.
Freshman bowler Maridee Weber experienced a pang of excitement when she heard the news that she made the school’s first bowling team.
“Essentially, there were no girls cut from the team,” Weber said. “However, I still felt good knowing that I was just good enough.”
So far in the season, Weber has lettered varsity.
“Considering this is my first varsity letter ever, I feel really good,” Weber said. “I feel so accomplished.”
With a desire to bowl for the school team for the rest of her high school career, Weber knows that she has to be open to suggestions in hopes of improving her game.
“The coaches can see what we do wrong,” Weber said. “With that, they tell us what pins to hit and how many boards to stand left or right.”
Weber hopes to bowl over 200 by the end of the season.
“I am going to focus and not be intimidated by other bowlers,” Weber said. “The less I focus on others, the better I’ll do.”
Hoping to grow as a bowler throughout the years, Weber has her personal goals set.
“I’m going to bowl that 200 this year and get a perfect game before I die,” Weber said. “Baby steps.”
After being approved in early November, the bowling team has started off the season with a winning record. The team brought home first place for varsity boys and girls in three out of five meets as of Monday, Jan. 30.
“So far we’ve swept most of our meets,” freshman Maridee Weber said. “Hopefully we can keep on winning the rest of the season.”
Along with placing first in over half of the meets, according to head coach Adam Wessel, the team has continued to improve as the season progresses.
“So far the season is going well,” Wessel said. “We have continued to get better in every meet.”
Many bowlers find the sport fun and are friends with one another freshman varsity bowler Sloan June said.
“Everyone on the team is always relaxed,” June said. “We pretty much all get along.”
At the meets, the environment differs from other sports. The players must be seated unless it is their turn to bowl and limit their talking. Cheering only occurs when someone bowls a strike or picks up a spare, and even then, bowlers can only clap.
“The meets are pretty organized and everyone is mostly quiet,” June said. “We all get pretty excited when one of our teammates pick up a strike but have to be quiet for the next bowler.”
Though bowling is not the most physically demanding sport, it requires mental toughness as many players become aggravated after bowling a poor frame.
“Messing up on one frame is frustrating,” Weber said. “After messing up once, you have to forget about it and get ready to bowl the next frame.”
Monday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 27