Bowlers excel at GPIT
By BRETT MARSHALL
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.