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North boys win state bowling title

todpalmer@theolathenews.com

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More information Kansas 6A state bowling tournament At Northrock Lanes, Wichita Team results: 1. Olathe North, 2,815; 2. Washburn Rural, 2,750; 3. Derby, 2,743; 4. Wichita Southeast, 2,714; 5. Haysville-Campus, 2,640; 6. SM South, 2,540; 7. Olathe East, 2,521; 8. Maize, 2,469; 9. Lawrence, 2,467. Individual medalists: 1. Aaron Yuratovich, OE, 735; 2. Travis Sixta, ON, 714; 3. Skylar Curtis, WR, 712; 4. Tyler Gaylord, GE, 711; 5. Alex Harber, WSE, 708; 6. Louie Newport, ON, 707; 7. Bryce Morgan, DER, 707; 8. Ryen Ingram, WN, 698; 9. Kenny Kent, ON, 696; 10. Nathan Brantley, WSE, 693; 11. Wes Pederson, HC, 692; 12. Tanner Schlesser, WS, 682; 13. Devin Boswell, DER, 677; 14. Tuon Kreizel, DER, 667; 15. Davis Millard, SMNW, 664; 16. Trevor Baumgartner, WR, 661; 17. Matt Hurst, DER, 658; 18. Zach Oliver, HC, 653; 19. Derick Holmes, WSE, 653; 20. Hunter Weeks, WR, 653. Other city qualifiers: 29. Jakob O’Kane, ONW, 631; 30. Branden Russell, ON, 624; 34. Horace Paul, ON, 617; 37. Nikki Hurmence, OE, 611; 45. Jon Epps, OE, 586; 52. Zach Brachtenbach, OE, 576; 59. Jared Douglas, OS, 557; 65. Drake Rapue, ON, 539; 67. Justin Thomas, OE, 521; 71. Matt Beeghly, OE, 477.

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Moving up from fourth place to third as a team last year at state allowed the Olathe North boys bowling team to return from Northrock Lanes in Wichita with a nice piece of hardware for the school’s trophy case.

Trouble was, Eagles coach Dalene Moomau knew her squad could do better. Her bowlers knew it, too.

During the Kansas 6A state tournament Thursday back at Northrock, Olathe North proved it, placing three bowlers among the top nine at state at a 2,815 team total – beating runner-up Washburn Rural by 65 pins.

Junior Travis Sixta, who was 14th at state a season ago, led the Eagles’ charge with a 714 series, which was good enough for second individually.

Meanwhile, Louie Newport improved from 17th as a junior to sixth as a senior, ending his career with a 707 series and a tearful embrace with Moomau, and junior Kenny Kent claimed ninth with a 696.

Three bowlers — Branden Russell, Horace Paul and Drake Rapue — who finished in the top 10 at the regional meet, which earned Olathe North its state berth in the first place.

The previous state champion, Olathe East, failed to repeat and frankly failed to challenge Olathe North, finishing nearly 300 pins behind the Eagles. The Hawks shot 2,521 and ended up seventh.

But Olathe East did have the individual state champion for a second straight season as sophomore Aaron Yuratovich put together a 735 series and won by 21 pins.

Last season’s gold medalist, Hawks senior Nikki Hurmence, shot 611 and wound up 37th.

Gardner Edgerton’s Tyler Gaylord had strong showing as well, rolling a 711 series and claiming fourth

place.

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