While both the Leavenworth and Lansing bowling teams had solid performances Thursday, neither could hang with their host.
Olathe South welcomed the area squads and then proceeded to beat the two rivals. In the boys’ competition, the Falcons placed first with a 2,725 team scored, followed by Lansing’s 2,667 and Leavenworth’s 2,356.
“The boys came up a little short,” Lansing coach Ed Fenton said. “We had our highest pin total of the season, but were up against some pretty tough competition in South, who had a competitor bowl a 289 game and a 766 series.”
The girls’ competition saw South win with a 1,981 tally, Lansing second at 1,943 and Leavenworth third at 1,676.
“Our girls hung in pretty well,” Leavenworth coach Shad Langfoss said. “The boys did too, but when you run into some of the scores that we did today, there is not much you can do.”
In the boys’ division, Lansing was led by John Bredenhoeft, who finished second with a 734 series score. Bryan Courtney added a 664 to take fifth and Brad Brown put up a 645 to earn sixth.
The Leavenworth boys saw Nick Warf take fourth thanks to his 665 mark. The next best Pioneer score was Jeremy Crowder’s 612 and Levi Denney’s 559.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Langfoss said. “I know it was a little frustrating for both the boys and girls, but I was pleased with the effort.”
On the girls’ side, Lansing’s Dallas Castillo won second (541), Natasha Kern placed fourth (475) and Rachel Forbach finished sixth (450).
Leavenworth was led by Jessica Johnson, who’s 476 was good enough for third. Mallory Scherer captured fifth with a 456 finish and Rebecka Clark posted a 374.
“Our girls had another consistent night with over 1,900 pins,” Fenton said. “We just happened to come up against an Olathe South squad that had one of its girls throw a 728. Dallas really stepped her game up tonight with a 194 and a 205.”
Lansing will bowl at Mill Valley on Monday beginning at 3:30 p.m. while Leavenworth will host a meet Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
“We're definitely seeing improvement each outing from the kids,” Fenton said. “Our season is half over at this point and I'm feeling pretty good about what I'm seeing.”