Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City Bowlers off to Hot Start in 2018

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

City Bowlers off to Hot Start in 2018

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City bowlers are off to a hot start, sweeping boys and girls team titles in a pair of quadrangulars and adding three individual wins.

In Tuesday's Hayden quadrangular at West Ridge Lanes, Shawnee Heights' boys and Seaman's girls won team championships while Shawnee Heights senior Brayden Prockish and T-Bird junior Cayla Bortz posting individual wins.

Heights boys won by a 2,579-2,432 margin over defending Class 5A-1A state champ Seaman while Heights' Prockish and Nathan Mercer went one-two, with Prockish bowling a three-game series of 667 while Mercer had a 635 series.

Hayden's Aaron Thomas and Heights' Alec Elskamp tied for third individually with 626 series. Seaman's Clayton Mumford rounded out the top five with a 605 series.

Seaman's girls won Tuesday's quad by 11 pins over Shawnee Heights (2,204-1,993) while Bortz took individual honors with a 606 series. Seaman senior Kishno Bell was second with a 591 series while the Vikings also got a third-place finish from Caitlin Charity (569) and a fourth from Brianna Evans (567).

Shawnee Heights' Kylan Huntley placed fifth with a 543 series.

On Wednesday at Gage Bowl, Shawnee Heights' boys took team honors by 2,576-2,516 margin over Junction City, with Mercer, a senior, taking first place individually with a 758 series.

Washburn Rural's Blake Massey placed fourth individually with a 613 series while Heights' Elskamp was fifth with a 612.

Washburn Rural's girls claimed the team title by a 2,473-2,162 margin over Shawnee Heights, with junior Lauren Buchanan placing second individually with a 649 series. Rural also got a fourth-place finish from Kellie Passow (600) and a fifth from Kendall Marsh (566).

Shawnee Heights' Bortz took third with a 608 series.

BASKETBALL

Tournament pairings have been announced for next week's five tournaments involving city teams.

-- Highland Park will host the Topeka Invitational boys tournament next Thursday through Saturday, with Topeka High and Topeka West also competing in that event.

Only seven teams will compete in this year's tournament, with Topeka West earning a first-round bye. Also on that side of the bracket Highland Park will face Wichita South in Thursday's first round (6 p.m.). On the other side of the bracket Topeka High will face Lawrence in the first round (4:30 p.m.) and Wichita Northwest will take on defending tournament champion Vashon, Mo. (7:45 p.m.)

Tournament semifinals are slated for 6 and 7:45 p.m. Friday, with the fifth-place game starting Saturday's place games at 2 p.m.

-- Hayden's boys and girls will compete in the Basehor-Linwood Invitational, with Hayden's girls playing Olathe North at 6 p.m. next Monday, while the Wildcat boys will open against De La Salle, Mo., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Because of a seven-team field on the boys side, Hayden's boys will also play a 7:30 p.m. pool game Wednesday against Kansas City-Schlagle at 7:30 p. …

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