Katy Nordman bowled her highest series of the season. Cheyenne Brunhoeber came out on fire. Bethany Watson continued peaking at the right time of the season, and in a big way.
The trio led Augusta's girls bowling team all the way to a Class 5-1A regional runner-up title at Wednesday's meet at The Alley in Wichita. The Orioles bowled a team score of 2512, 210 pins ahead of third-place Andover Central. Only Bishop Carroll's 2543 was better.
"They're impressive to say the least," coach Kellee Roberts said of her team.
"It's pretty cool," said Brunhoeber. "Going to State as a sophomore is pretty awesome."
Watson took second place in the individual standings with a 648 series. Brunhoeber took third with a 640 and Nordman took fourth with a 616 series. The girls team has been dominant the final couple of weeks of the season, and now the team is going to State.
"I just think they really want it. They do. And they look at the scores they shot, and they're not satisfied," Roberts said.
Hannah Trudell bowled a 563 series. Mason Kuether had a 552 series. Madison Marcotte had a 205 in the final game to finish with a 517 series.
For Nordman and Watson, they've been to State before, and they are hungry for some hardware.
"There's nowhere to go but up," Nordman said. "I expect to come out and start on top with the way we've been bowling lately."
"I expect us to go out and surprise a lot of people," Watson said.
The boys got off to a hot start, too. But their second game hurt as they fell to third place, though only by six pins. The boys couldn't get over the top of Bishop Carroll, though, as the Orioles settled for third with a 2524 score.
Kayl Warne and Isaac Gonzalez did qualify for State individually. Gonzalez took fourth (672) and Warne took 10th (635).
"Kayl and Isaac, they're my go-to guys," Roberts said. "They earned it."
"I think it was pretty close to my full potential," Gonzalez said, "except in the second game when it fell apart a little bit."
The senior duo has set the pace for the Orioles most of the season. Now, with one last meet to go, they just want to be loose and ready to go.
"It's senior year. Just go and have fun," Warne said.
"It's our last year. We want to go out with a bang," Gonzalez said.
For seniors Sam Davis and Eric Smith, the season came to end a little sooner than expected. They, along with Brock Keazer, had a great ride bowling together for several years.
Page 2 of 2 - "I just didn't think when I put my jersey on this morning, it was going to be the last time," Davis said. "It's a little emotional. It's been a huge part of my life the last eight years of my life, and I've met all my best friends doing this. That doesn't end with them, it's just the bowling that's done."