To win big at the Kansas Class 6A bowling tournament in Wichita at Northrock Lanes on Thursday, it was going to take a record-setting performance.
Considering the team and individual records at the state tournament were set on Thursday, Olathe North senior Tristan Musick was satisfied with his 733-pin series that gave him a third-place finish.
It capped a sterling four-year career for Musick, which included a team state championship his freshman season and four medals at the state tournament with three Top-10 finishes. Musick, who has signed to bowl for Newman University in Wichita, was runner-up his sophomore year.
“It doesn’t get any more competitive than this,” Musick said. “Four years ago, if you shoot a 730, you had people bowing down to you. You shoot it here and you take third. But I was pretty happy with how it came out.”
Garden City won the team title with a score of 2,868, 34 pins better than the previous state record, while Tristan Funk rolled a 299 his third game that propelled him to the individual title with a series of 803. That mark tied for the best score all-time in tournament history.
Lawrence’s Javier Lemmons rolled a first-game 278 on way to a 716 series and a fourth-place individual finish. The series total amounted to a 171-pin improvement from his freshman season at the state tournament.
“I came here to have fun. That’s what it’s supposed to be about,” said Lemmons, a sophomore. “And it’s always fun to roll those high games. It makes me want to get better for next year now.”
Other area medalists in the boys tournament included Olathe East’s Brody Reichle (694, ninth), Lawrence’s Triston Decker (691, 10th) and Shawnee Mission West’s Caleb Harrison (661, 19th).
Wichita Campus successfully defended its championship in the girl tournament, edging Washburn Rural by 20 pins with its score of 2,525. Junction City junior Casey Holmes won the individual title with her series of 672.
The area had six medalists on the girls side with Lawrence’s Holly Evans (656, fifth) and Olathe North’s Chye Reiste (654, seventh) finishing in the Top 10.
Olathe North had the best team finish across the boys and girls competitions, as its boys finished fifth and the girls came up 4 pins short of a team trophy in fourth place with a score of 2,463 pins.