By The Telegram

It was a hard pill to swallow Saturday for the Garden City High School boys bowling team. The Buffaloes came just three pins short of qualifying as a team for the state tournament with a team total of 2,480 at West Acres Bowl in Wichita.

"It was horrible. I was just crushed," GCHS coach Kip Nichols said. "I told the kids in the van on the way home that as bad as they felt, I felt worse because every time that we don't do well or lose a close one, I take it personally."

Garden City did qualify two individuals to the state tournament. Justin Perez on the boys side qualified with a 630 series and Audree Roth qualified with a 545 series for the girls which finished sixth with a team total of 2,055.

The boys Class 6A state tournament will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with the girls state tournament being held Friday at 9:30 a.m. Both tournaments will be in Wichita at the Northrock Lanes.

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In its second year of existence, the Holcomb bowling program will send its first bowler to the Class 5-1A state tournament. Boys bowler Ryan Wilson bowled a 594 series, a sixth-place finish, Saturday in Hoisington to qualify as one of the six individuals from the regional.

The Holcomb boys team finished seventh with a score of 2,042. The Holcomb girls also finished seventh with team total of 1,792. The top girls bowler for Holcomb was Ashley Foreman with a 482 series.

The Class 5-1A state boys tournament will also be held Thursday at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.