After a promising start to the season in the Bishop Carroll Invitation, the Garden City High School boys bowling team had struggled in a pair of matchups with WAC rivals.
Of a possible 22 team points they could have won in those two matches, the Buffaloes had secured just five. In short, they need a big performance to try to get back on track.
The Buffs got it Tuesday vs. Dodge City, winning 10 of the possible 11 points, and taking the top two spots in the individual leaderboard.
“It took a lot of pressure off of them, and me. To this point, I was kind of scratching my head what it was we needed to do to get them started,” GCHS head coach Kip Nichols said. “And I think they were feeling the pressure … so for them to have a good day today, it definitely lightened the load on their shoulders.”
The Buffs girls, meanwhile, continued their roll through the WAC, sweeping all 11 points from their rivals, taking six of the top seven spots in the individual leaderboard.
“The pleasant surprise for us was the re-emergence of Karly Larson,” Nichols said.
Larson had a 526 series, taking sixth overall as an individual. Freshman Holly Bridges led the way with a 612 series.
The GCHS girls have now won 31 of 33 possible points in WAC play, while the boys now have 15 points to 18 to they have conceded.
The boys nearly had even more to celebrate Tuesday, as Ty Weilert began his second game with 11-straight strikes, leaving him one strike away from a perfect 300.
Fighting some nerves as a freshman, Nichols said, Weilert missed his final bowl, finishing with a 293.
“Still an amazing game,” Nichols said. “I was very happy for him.”
Weilert finished with a 747 series to take the individual title. Kaden Whitehurst also had his best performance of the season, Nichols said, recording a 649 series.
“He bowled up to the potential we knew he had,” Nichols said of Whitehurst, who was just a part of an entire boys’ team who showed a big improvement. “They finally got the scores we knew they were capable of.”
The Buffs had a pin total of 2,596, losing just the single team point in the Baker Format — otherwise, it was a perfect win. The girls had a 2,299 pin total.