WICHITA, Kan.—The Wichita Collegiate boys’ and girls’ bowling team has the AVCTL meet in its sights. After bowling against El Dorado last Saturday, the team is hard at work practicing to perform their best.
"I think the season has gone well,” said Coach Don Hapward. “We have a fairly young team, so it's still a work in progress."
The team has had consistent success in the lanes, and this hasn't gone unnoticed by senior captain Jack Stewart.
"I'm really excited because the team is looking really good this year,” said Stewart. “We're having multiple over 200 games so far.”
Stewart's best game this year is a 256, with a set high of 642. He is looking forward to the state tournament and the competition that comes with it.
"It will be interesting to see how far the team goes this year," said senior Dusty Youngman.
Other high scorers on the team include juniors Aaron Brake with a game high of 270 and a set high of 570 and Max Moxley whose game high is 231 and set high of 564. These two are excited for next year and look up to Stewart as their senior leader.
"Our biggest problem is that it is hard for us to get spares, which keeps us from getting consistent 200s," said Hapward.
The boys’ team is led by seniors Stewart and Youngman followed by juniors Brake, Moxley, Matt Bloom, Austin Daniels and sophomores Josh Rutledge and Mike Park.
The girls’ team, while small, is showing progress as well.
"It has been good because Jee (Yeon Kim) has been showing some good progress and will be good next year when the seniors graduate," said senior Alex Waldeck about freshman Jee Yeon Kim. Alex's high score is a 189 and her set best is a 532.
"We have talent and depth, but I wish we had more girls," said Hapward.
The girls team is led by seniors Waldeck, Sage Farha, Whitney Golberg, followed by juniors Ayesha Mahomed, Izzy Regan, Maddie Janzen, Brooke Webber and freshman Kim.
The Spartans' next match will be against Augusta at home on Tuesday, Jan. 29th.