Even though she has seen it happen twice before, Lansing bowling coach Martha Bredehoeft could not help but get emotional watching her son, John, throw strike after strike at regionals on Wednesday at Crown Lanes in Leavenworth.
John’s streak finally ended at 16 straight strikes, but it was long enough to ensure his third perfect game, a 720 series and a Class 5 regional title. He also led the Lions to a team title, which means they qualified for next Thursday’s Kansas Class 5-1A state championships at Northrock Lanes in Wichita.
“John was really focused to go to state his senior year, and he wanted to take the team with him,” Bredehoeft said. “He put it all out there (Wednesday).”
Lacey Angello led the Lansing girls to a regional title of their own with a 660 series. Turner and Mill Valley also qualified. Leavenworth and Piper were the other two qualifiers on the boys side.
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“We are really excited to take both teams to state,” Martha Bredehoeft said. “Our girls are usually in a good position because we have some really good bowlers, but the boys have a little stronger competition. We really wanted to get them there too.”
The Olathe East boys won Tuesday’s Class 6A regional at AMF College Lanes in Overland Park, and senior Michael Crow took the individual title with a 768 series. The Hawks will try to improve on an eighth-place finish from last year at Friday’s meet in Wichita.
“This crew is pretty confident anyways, and the five seniors have gone to state three years in a row,” Hawks coach Chuck Thibodeau said. “They were disappointed with the result last year, so they are pumped up and ready to go.”
Olathe East’s Allie Brachtenbach secured her second consecutive regional title with a 711 series and qualified individually as one of the top six finishers not on a qualifying team.
Olathe South, Olathe North and Shawnee Mission Northwest were the team qualifiers from the girls regional, and Olathe North and Shawnee Mission East qualified on the boys side.
The Lawrence girls, Lawrence Free State boys also qualified out of Thursday’s regional at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence.