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Expected storm moves up some high school bowling regionals

Published Feb. 20 at 7:03 a.m. | Last updated Feb. 20 at 7:03 a.m.

The winter storm expected to hit Kansas on Wednesday and Thursday has affected regional bowling. The bowling regional set for Manhattan on Thursday has been moved to Wednesday.

“I just care about the safety of my kids,” said East coach Teresa Hall, whose boys team is competing in Manhattan. “I don’t know what (Wednesday) morning will bring, but I feel if the (Wichita school) district doesn’t think we should go, they wouldn’t have OKed it.”

Hall likes the postseason chances of the East teams. The girls team bowls Friday at Thunderbird Bowl.

The boys team is led by lone senior Kenny Tien. Michael Faldet shot a 300 at the Great Plains tournament.

“Our averages aren’t quite as high as the other ones, but no one has bowled in these lanes and we have talent. They just had to learn to bowl as a team, and they have been. As the year has progressed, they’ve gotten better,” Hall said. “… Anyone can bowl good on a given day.”

The girls team is especially competitive with seniors — Ashlyn Herzberg, Ashley Engram and Larissa Lawrie — back from 2012’s regional championship team. Freshman Aspen Herzberg, Ashlyn’s sister, has been a strong addition.

Defending a title – Maize South senior Alec Patterson didn’t expect to win the Class 5-1A individual title in 2012.

“Going into it, I had not the slightest idea I would get the results I did,” said Patterson, who hadn’t qualified for state as a freshman or sophomore. “Going in, I knew they placed the top 20, so basically that was my goal.”

Patterson and Maize South will bowl in the 5-1A regionals on Saturday in Great Bend.

He has enjoyed the season and enjoyed being the defending champion.

“It’s been kind of cool,” Patterson said. “There’s respect that I won state. And my team, it’s cool because it makes me a leader for my team. My team knows what I can do and that I’ll do the best that I can do for them.”

The goal on Saturday isn’t merely to qualify individually for the 5-1A tournament again, but to have his team qualify. Last season there were two Maize South boys who qualified, and Patterson missed the team and the support.

“I haven’t rolled any series this season that are as good as (at state in 2012),” Patterson said. “But it hasn’t been a bad season. … My team has done great, and we have bowled great as a team. I hope things go our way.”