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Olathe East Bowling Team Has Exciting Season

It has been an exciting season for your Bowling Hawks this year. The unexpected rise of the girl’s team was a true delight. We knew Sydney Miller and Katie Rhodes would be strong, but there were questions marks around returning rollers Ariel Muller and Addie Darby. Both ladies had been up and down between varsity and JV in 2018 and Addie had left OE for the fall semester. Both have come in with solid performances for the year. The bigger question was who was going to be the team’s 5th and 6th varsity rollers. Mayerli Herrera started the year on JV, but her consistency in closing frames moved her up to varsity. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the year was freshmen Josephine Richards. She was scoring in the 90s during tryouts and has upped average rapidly at the end of the season. The girls started the season at the Free State Invitational by finishing 9th of 16 teams. They closed the season by winning the Sunflower League meet and qualifying for the state tournament. The girls were led by senior Sydney Miller with her five individual tournament wins including her 3rd consecutive Sunflower League individual title. She was also the recipient of the individual Hy-Vee athlete of the Week from Spectrum Sports. The State meet will be held at North Rock Lanes in Wichita on March 1st.

The boys, on the other hand, were a story of brilliance followed by despair. The guys dominated the season like no other Olathe East team had done before. They shot 2700 in our first meet at the Free State Invitational and never looked back over the regular season. Three different boys won individual honors multiple times over the season. Charlie Cannon and Logan Rhodes took home a couple of meet wins each and Triston Lundberg had three individual wins. The best part of the season thus far was the league championship by both the boys and the girls and both teams being named Hy-Vee teams of the week. The lone dark spot for the team was the upset loss in the regional tournament where the team missed qualifying for state by 23 pins. However, half of the boy’s team were able to qualify as individuals as Seniors Jace Sanders and Chance Darby, as well as sophomore Logan Rhodes were able to qualify. The boys did redeem themselves with a dominant City Championship makeup on 2/26.