WICHITA — City bowlers were well represented in the Class 5-1A state bowling tournament as three Topeka bowlers medaled in the event.
Seaman sophomore Allayna Kishno Bell rolled to a state runner-up finish.
The sophomore opened with a clean 270 in her first game. She slipped to 214 in the second game but rolled a 215 to put pressure on the eventual state champion Alanna Dierking from St. James Academy. Dierking needed 210 pins in the final game to surpass Bell’s total.
“My shot was there,” Bell said. “I just had to relax and focus. I was really pretty nervous.”
Bell threw nine straight strikes over the course of her first two games. She was the lone girls’ representative from Seaman and credited the earlier success of the Vikings boys squad to help calm her nerves.
“I was so nervous, and they calmed me down,” Bell said. “It really did help. It was just fun to watch them bowl well.”
Bell finished with a 699 series, falling just one pin short of an elusive 700 series.
“She had been flirting with 700 all year, and today she shot her highest series of her career,” Seaman coach Geoff Poston said. “She saved her biggest game for the most important time of the year, but she is clutch like that.”
She contemplated making an adjustment after a difference of 56 pins between her first and second games.
“When she got done with the second game, we flirted with changing balls,” Poston said. “But she grinded it out, threw two good balls and got locked in.”
She threw four straight strikes to start her final game of the season.
Shawnee Heights’ freshman Cayla Bortz bowled a 581 and medaled in 14th place.
“I did not expect to make state my freshman year, and when I found out about it, I teared up,” Bortz said. “Allayna and I have been bowling together since we were little. We always work to push each other.”
Topeka West’s Renee Howland finished in seventh place with a total of 612 pins.
“I was hoping for a high score, but I finished in the top 10 two years in a row, so I guess that’s all right,” Howland said. “I really like those two girls (Bell and Bortz). We’re friends outside of bowling as well. It’s nice to see so many bowlers in Topeka having success.”
Emporia was the lone full team to represent the Centennial League. The Spartans finished in sixth place with a total of 2,241 pins. Valerie Kunkel (582) and Sierra Sill (573) both finished in the top 20.
Eisenhower 2,341, Great Bend 2.325, St. James Academy 2,312, Salina South 2,296, Augusta 2,248, Emporia 2,241, Bishop Carroll 2,177, Lansing 2,099, Maize 1,976, Sumner Academy 1,882, Buhler 1,836, Leavenworth 1,792.
1. Dierking, St. James, 712; 2. Bell, Seaman, 699; 3. Douglass, Eisenhower 662; 4. Bowlin, El Dorado, 645; 5. Osenbaugh, Mulvane, 634; 6. Vsetecka, Great Bend 619; 7. Howland, Topeka West; 612; 8. Ensign, Kapuan, 608; 9. Brodrick, Great Bend 606; 10. Drouillard, Augusta 597; 11. Salinas, Salina South, 591; 12. Bouska, Bishop Carroll 589; 13. Kunkel, Emporia, 582; 14. Bortz, Shawnee Heights, 581; 15. Howard, Ell Saline, 579; 16. Holton, McPherson, 574; 17. Sill, Emporia, 573; 18. Light, Maize 566; 19. Kane, Eisenhower, 564; 20. Ketchum, Lansing, 562.
Other Shawnee Heights scores — Siess 407.
Other Emporia scores — Morey 548, Logsdon 520, Stark 406, Beatty 399.