Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural's Baumgartner, Prockish Take Individual Honors in Bowling Quad

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rural's Baumgartner, Prockish Take Individual Honors in Bowling Quad

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A bowler knows it's been a good day when his closest challenger bowls a perfect game and he still wins by 45 pins.

Junction City's Tyler Gromlovits had the highlight of the day -- a 300 in his third game-- but Washburn Rural's Trent Baumgartner had the consistency, bowling a 744 three-game series to take individual honors in Wednesday's Topeka High quadrangular at Gage Center.

"I saw him have front nine (strikes) so I knew what he was doing," said Baumgartner, a senior. "It was a great game for him and I'm proud of him. I congratulated him.

"I was looking (at what Gromlovits) was doing, but I wasn't really worried. I was just focusing on my own game and just knew that I had to finish strong. I had a feeling I had some cushion."

Baumgartner built that cushion by averaging 249 over his first two games while Gromlovits averaged 199.5 over his first two games. Baumgartner finished his day with eight straight strikes in the third game (246) after bowling a 256 and a 242 in his first two games.

"I feel like I bowled really good," Baumgartner said. "I started off with one ball and was looking good the first game, but I kind of felt a little nervous and it was kind of hitting a little weak on the second game so I switched to my other ball and it worked great.

"I was consistent. That's why I was really proud of myself today. I didn't have a high game, then a low game. It was just consistent."

Washburn Rural had three of the top five boys scores of the day, with Cory Clausing finishing third with a 672 and Blake Massey taking fifth with a 645 as the Junior Blues won the team title by a 2,732-2,632 margin over Junction City.

Shawnee Heights finished third (2,417), with Heights freshman Nathan Mercer finishing fourth with a 652.

Washburn Rural junior Whitney Prockish bowled a 701 series and eked out a one-pin win over Junction City's Kaylee Stutz for girls individual honors, but didn't know if she had won, or how close the margin was, until she was finished. …

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