By BRETT MARSHALL
For the first time since they've been competing in the Great Plains Invitational bowling tournament, the Garden City boys and girls made match play. The 24-team event saw the boys claim third and the girls fourth.
Both teams went through a three-game qualifying series at the start of the day to be assigned to pool play.
The Buffs' boys were sixth in that as they finished with a 2,627 series, using the team's top five series.
Individually, senior Jarett Landgraf was the Buffs' top bowler, rolling a 589 series on games of 181-218-190 to take eighth place.
In the Baker format, the Buffs had three four-game matches, winning those with scores of 764-687-697 for a total pin count of 4,775. That put them into seventh place, earning them a spot in the 8-team quarterfinals.
The Buffs opened against No. 2-seeded Wichita Northwest in a best 2-of-3 set, winning in two games 194-161 and 210-190. That moved them into the semifinals against Western Athletic Conference rival Great Bend. The Buffs faltered there, losing 151-236 and 176-201, dropping them into the third-place consolation match against Derby. In that match, the Buffs lost the opening game 209-231 before coming back to win 204-198 and 194-149 for their third-place finish.
On the girls side, the Lady Buffs rolled a three-game series qualifying total of 2,504 pins and were fourth overall. Junior Alexa Hemmert was the top GCHS bowler with a 578 series on games of 201-220-157, placing her ninth overall.
In the Baker matches, they rolled series of 617-667-567 in the four-game set, and came out of pool play seeded seventh.
Moving into the match-play portion, the Lady Buffs took on Campus and swept the Lady Colts in two games 170-162 and 159-158. That moved them into the semifinals against Wichita Northwest, where they opened with a 194-146 win before dropping the final two to the Lady Grizzlies, 151-154 and 129-178. In the third-place match against El Dorado, they again won the opening game 148-136 before dropping the final two games, 123-160 and 146-164.
The Buffs return to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday, when they travel to Dodge City for a Western Athletic Conference dual. The match will be contested at Spare Time Bowl.