Boys bowling team finishes first at regionals, girls place second


Ben Cohen

Senior Wheeler Battaglia-Davis looks on as his ball knocks down pins on Senior Night.

By Andrew Phalen, Sports Editor

After a successful regular season, postseason bowling began on Wednesday, February 24. The boys’ varsity bowling team dominated the meet, with individuals netting second, third, and fourth place en route to a regional title. 

Guided by second-place finisher junior Carson Toews, with a total score of 718, the Lions finished with a score of 3,564, almost 200 points more than second-place Free State. Third place finisher senior Wheeler Battaglia-Davis and fourth-place finisher junior Josh King contributed scores of 696 and 682. 

With ten wins in the regular season, the team experienced success throughout the season, so the regional performance was not a surprise. 

“We were expecting to win because our team is the best of the best,” said Toews when asked his reaction to the victory. 

The State tournament will be Friday, March 5 in Wichita. 

“I think we will do well at State because we bowl well under pressure and if one person isn’t bowling their best the next person will step up,” Toews said. 

Toews, who split time between junior varsity and varsity last season, believes his unique hairstyle has contributed to his recent personal success. Toews sports a mullet, a hairstyle where it is styled shorter on the top and sides, while longer in the back. 

“My mullet brings confidence to my shot,” Toews said. “It’s kind of like superpowers because if you look good you can bowl good.” 

The varsity girls bowling team found success at the regional meet, also advancing to the state competition. 

Bean Foster contributed a total score of 520 and placed fifth overall. The team finished with a total team score of 2,518, enough for second place at the meet. Junior Georgia Blackwood placed seventh as well, rolling a series score of 515. 

The team had eight meet victories for the regular season, securing fifth in the Sunflower League. 

Loaded with confidence and talent, both teams look forward to finishing their seasons off on a high note at State.