As he neared the completion of his first game at the Kansas Class 5-1A regional meet in late February, Lansing High School senior bowler John Bredehoeft had commanded the attention of his fellow teammates.
They watched quietly as he bowled his 12th consecutive strike, then let loose with cheers and tweets and Facebook posts commemorating his perfect game.
The excitement, though, did not end there.
Bredehoeft strung together six more strikes and set himself up nicely in the second game. His notched his series score of 720 in front of his coach and mother at Crown Lanes in Leavenworth.
It was his third 300 game overall and the second of his high school career. The highlight helped propel Bredehoeft to the title as The Star’s All-Metro Kansas boys bowler of the year.
“There were a lot of emotions because she was starting to cry,” Bredehoeft said. “I had to keep trucking and bowling well the next two games. We did and we won.”
Bredehoeft’s performance lifted Lansing to a state tournament berth.
“It was rewarding being able to bowl 300 as a senior at regionals and go to state again,” Bredehoeft said. “It was a good feeling to finish on a good note.”
Bredehoeft, who also won a Kaw Valley League title along the way, placed fifth at the Kansas Class 5-1A state tournament in Wichita, where he finished his high school career with a 690 series.
Bredehoeft’s 216 average ranked 11th in the state and third among Class 5-1A bowlers. He was one of just eight competitiors to bowl a 300 game.
THE STAR’S ALL-METRO KANSAS BOYS BOWLING TEAM
John Bredehoeft, Lansing, senior. Paced by a 300 game, Bredehoeft won his Kansas Class 5-1A regional tournament and guided the Lions to the state meet. He placed fifth in Kansas Class 5-1A with a 690 series.
Alex Jimenez, Lawrence Free State, sophomore. The Sunflower League’s boys bowler of the year, took second in league and third in his regional before finishing fifth at the Class 6A state meet.
Tristan Musick, Olathe North, junior. As one of the Eagles’ most consistent performers, Musick placed in the top 10 in the Sunflower League, his regional and the Class 6A state meet. He took 10th at state with a 700 series.
Drake Rapue, Olathe North, senior. A pair of 300 games helped Rapue to the second-highest average in the state at 224. One of his perfect games came at the Olathe City meet, which he won.