In season’s second meet, Pioneers make improvements; Lansing boys' capture first team win of 2013

The season didn’t start the way Leavenworth’s Levi Denney had planned.
At Topeka on Tuesday, the Pioneer bowler posted a 528 series score, which was underwhelming according to his coach. Jump to Thursday, where Denney racked up an impressive series score of 655.
“Levi put together a very good series today, coming in at No. 2 overall,” Leavenworth coach Shad Langfoss said. “He might have had the high game as well, but either way he did better. They all improved, they all are getting there, but there is still plenty of room to grow.”
As a team, the Pioneers finished third with 2,273 points. Olathe North won first with a 2,553 total and Mill Valley accumulated 2,419 points.
The LV girls did better, earning second with a 1,921. Olathe North was on top thanks to its 2,029 and Mill Valley claimed third with a 1,840.
“It went pretty well after our first game,” Langfoss said. “We were hanging in there for the most part. The varsity boys were very, very close and then we got an open frame that sort of ruined our focus. It takes a lot of focus and determination to bounce back from that, which is something we are building.”
After Denney’s high mark, Nick Warf hit a 601 series score followed by Rob Trexler’s 499, Jeremy Crowder’s 490 and Jeremy Hozian’s 484. Eric Meade finished with a 481.
On the girls’ lanes, Leavenworth’s Mallory Scherer had the fifth highest series score overall, a 485. Behind her was Jessica Johnson’s 478, Sabrina Sigmon’s 449 and Rebecka Clark’s 440.
Darienne Watkins added a 404 and Dani Sigmon compiled a 383.
“Sabrina really did well in her third game and for a freshman bowler, I can see a lot of good things,” Langfoss said. “She doesn’t give up and always has a positive attitude, which is a nice quality to have.”
The Pioneers will compete next at Shawnee Mission Northwest at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lansing boys snag first win
Playing the role of bad house guest, the Lansing boys’ bowling team went on the road Thursday.
Behind a 2,398 score, the Lions defeated host Lawrence (2,301) and DeSoto (2,018) to earn its first team win of the year.
John Bredehoeft finished first overall individually thanks to his 650 series mark and Bryan Courtney was third with a 606.
“Our boys really showed up to play tonight taking first place after finishing their previous two meets in second,” Lansing coach Ed Fenton said. “We also had our highest pin total on the year tonight.”
The Lady Lions racked up a 1,923 to finish second, coming in behind Lawrence’s 2,192 and in front of DeSoto’s 1,186.
Katelyn Tollefson placed third overall individually thanks to her 529 mark while Rachel Forbach was fifth (485).
“We had four girls finish in the top ten,” Fenton said, “unfortunately all six of the Lawrence girls were also in the top 10.  The girls had a very good night overall, but Lawrence was just a little better tonight.”
Lansing will host Kansas City Christian at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.