Pioneers can't find rhythm at Sunflower League competition; Lansing wins twice at St. James

It wasn't the easiest day at the office for the Leavenworth bowling teams.
The Pioneers competed in its Sunflower League meet Thursday, where each squad finished in the bottom half of the brackets.
The girls' team came in ninth with a team score of 1,809 while the boys were 11th with a 2,189.
“It could have been better,” LV coach Shad Langfoss said. “We had a couple decent games, but that was about it. It was a rough day.”
Individual scores for the Lady Pioneers included Mallory Scherer at 465, Jessica Johnson hit a 457 and Sabrina Sigmon knocked down a 441.
Rebecka Clark tallied a 400, Darienne Watkins a 378 and Dani Sigmon a 364 to round out the lineup.
The Leavenworth boys saw Levi Denney nail down a 576 series, as well as a high game of 256. He was joined by Nick Warf's 543, Jeremy Crowder's 539 and Eric Meade's 472.
Austin Wells and Rob Trexler each finished with a 446.
“The girls were bowling right next to the first and second place teams, so it was loud and intense,” Langfoss said. “Same with the boys. It's tough to perform around those conditions if you aren't used to them.”
Leavenworth will travel to Skyway Lanes Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. showdown with rival Lansing.

Lions take first at St. James
Wednesday was a confidence builder for the Lansing bowling teams.
The squads each placed first at St. James Academy, as the Lions boys shot a 2,479 to beat Olathe North's 2,035 and St. James' 2,026.
The Lady Lions' 1,921 was good enough to topple St. James' 1,709.
“Last night was our second highest pin count on the season with the boys, even though we struggled at times,” Lansing coach Ed Fenton said. “If we can get everyone to bowl like they're capable of on the same night, we have a shot at 2,700 or better.”
“The girls continued with their consistent bowling. This was a top five night for us in terms of highest score of the year.
Leading the Lansing boys was John Bredehoeft at 715 and Bryan Courtney at 708. Brad Brown chipped in a 482 while CJ Perez contributed a 538, Thad Marshall a 481 and Curtis VanderStay a 400.
On the girls' lanes, Dallas Castillo recorded a 488 for a Lady Lion high while Amber Ketchum finished at 485 and Katelyn Tollefson at 477.
Rachel Forbach kicked in a 462 and Natasha Kern had a 386.
Lansing will host Leavenworth at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.