Archive for Sunday, January 18, 2009

FSHS boys win

Free State took home the title in the Free State Invitational.

January 18, 2009


Chad Boyd awoke to quite a dizzy spell Saturday morning.

Yes, the Lawrence High sophomore admitted to experiencing some trepidation about his first meet as a varsity bowler. But that’s not why he felt woozy on this day.

It turns out Boyd, the Lions’ top boys bowler, was not even 24 hours removed from a medical procedure to have all four of his wisdom teeth removed. So when he woke up Saturday, neither he nor his coach knew if he would even make it to Royal Crest Lanes to bowl in the Free State Invitational.

“I was just still pretty loopy, like all dizzy and stuff,” Boyd said.

After taking some ibuprofen, Boyd decided he felt well enough. Then he proved it on the lanes, rolling a team-best three-game series of 681 to help lead the Lions into first place in the morning round, one spot ahead of Free State High, in front of a packed bowling alley.

The Firebird boys had the last laugh, however, winning the team title in the Baker bowl format, a best-two-out-of-three-games competition where each bowler rolls two frames per game.

The days’ results left both Lawrence and Free State’s coaches pleased.

“The boys have outdone themselves in this game compared to how they’ve been bowling in practice,” LHS coach Tom Birt said. “They seem to be really playing within themselves and not bothered by the extra fan attention. If anything, they were jazzed up a little bit.”

The LHS boys received a bye in the first round of the Baker bowl format, but lost to Atchison in the second round — the same Atchison team that fell to Free State in the championship round.

“They did a really, really excellent job,” Free State coach Anita Carlson said. “We match-played on Tuesday and were a little bit nervous. Today, we came out confident.”

Firebirds No. 1 bowler Rob Wagner led the way for his team, bowling an overall 681 and a 262 in his last game of the morning session. It was the best game score of any bowler on the day.

On the girls side, LHS’ Danielle Husted rolled a three-game series of 520, while Alexah Gudenkauf finished with a 511. The Lions finished 10th out of 12 teams.

Free State’s Christina Picicci rolled a 560, and Megan Bastemeyer finished with 506.


sparknotes 9 years, 4 months ago

My question is for Jesse Temple, why is the article about LHS? They lost! It seems like Boyd didn't bowl good enough to win, why not about Wagner who bowled the same score and lead his team to victory?

Freestater456 9 years, 4 months ago

Very good question but i can answer that. In all the years that Lawrence high schools have had bowling programs LJ World has favored LHS. Win or lose it hasn't mattered the articles have always been and always will be about them. As an example Temple mentions that the LHS girls go 10th while he says nothing about the FSHS girls finishing 5th or how about the FSHS jv boys also winning the baker tournament or the FSHS jv girls qualifying first and getting second in the tournament. Jesse there is more than one high school in Lawrence. It is time that you and the rest of the newspaper realize that!

jwbird 9 years, 4 months ago

What a bunch of crap! I appreciate the coverage of local kids. Jesse, it was nice write-up. I wonder if any LHS kids have been contacted lately for a possible transfer to Free State?

TheYetiSpeaks 9 years, 4 months ago

Walter Sobchak: OVER THE LINE!Smokey: Huh?Walter Sobchak: I'm sorry, Smokey. You were over the line, that's a foul.Smokey: Bull"crud". Mark it 8, Dude.Walter Sobchak: Uh, excuse me. Mark it zero. Next frame.Smokey: Bull"crud", Walter. Mark it 8, Dude.Walter Sobchak: Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.

Freestater456 9 years, 4 months ago

we don't want any LHS hicks we obviously don't need them.

dani36921 9 years, 4 months ago

With all do respect, the baker tournament was not the only thing going on saturday. Each team competed before that for team scores where LHS varsity boys finished first. Yes, he should have included the FSHS girls places, which he didn't but I think there should be equal coverage from both schools..... and the LJ world most deff does not favor LHS....

sparknotes 9 years, 4 months ago

dani36921 but what matters is baker. Thats like saying we won the first half of a basketball game, it doesn't matter. As far as i know their were no team trophies for leading the first 3 games.

dani36921 9 years, 4 months ago

So are you saying that LHS should not have been mentioned in this article?

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