Maize's boys bowling team came into Saturday's season-opening tournament with a ton of potential back from last year's third-place finish at state.
They showed it at the Bishop Carroll Invitational on Saturday. Maize won 11 of 12 Baker games and ran away with the team title by 263 pins. Emporia finished second, followed by Derby.
"The boys team bowled real well, but you expect that because I have my whole team back," Maize coach Dave Walker said. "You're always excited about potential, but they still have to bowl and they had a good day today."
The Heights girls successfully defended their title, running away from second-place East by 299 pins. Garden City finished third.
"They bowled fantastic, probably the best team effort from any of our teams that I've seen in a long time," Heights assistant coach Justin Crumley said. "I'm just really impressed with the girls, really excited how they bowled today."
Heights had it going in its last set of games against East, coming one frame away from a team 300, led by leadoff bowler Kasey Anderson.
"It feels great, we all had to keep our heads up and not get down on ourselves," Anderson said. "This is going to keep our spirits up for the next week and I'm excited about this season."
In the Baker format, all six team members alternate shots throughout each game. Maize missed two single-pin spares the entire day, not leaving many on its way to the team title.
"That's out of 12 games and you can't complain when you have kids bowling like that," Walker said. "When you have great kids, it's just a matter of keeping them focused and they did a good job of doing that today."
It wasn't the same for the Heights boys. After entering the last two games in second place, the Falcons slipped to fifth because of missed opportunities.
"We obviously left a lot of pins out there today," Crumley said. "It will give us a little bit of motivation, we know that there's a lot of teams out there that are better than us right now and we've got to get back to work."
Maize senior Nathan Brooks had waited his four years to win this tournament and was excited to get the season under way.
"We hadn't won this tournament since I've been here so I really wanted this," Brooks said. "We kind of want state to turn into this kind of format because it's a true team format."
1. Maize 3002; 2. Emporia 2739; 3. Derby 2734; 4. Northwest 2688; 5. Heights 2678; 6. Dodge City 2664; 7. Goddard 2573; 8. Augusta 2561; 9. Bishop Carroll 2485; 10. East 2463; 11. Garden City 2449; 12. South 2428; 13. North 2406; 14. Southeast 2361; 15. Topeka Hayden 2355; 16. Carroll JV 2341; 17. Kapaun Mount Carmel 2312; 18. W. Collegiate 2227; 19. Mulvane 2182; 20. Andale-Garden Plain 2121; 21. Sunrise Christian 1976; 22. Kapaun Mount Carmel JV 1973; 23. West 1954; 24. Peabody-Burns 1897.
1. Heights 2754; 2. East 2455; 3. Garden City 2426; 4. Maize 2329; 5. Derby 2316; 6. Goddard 2309; 7. Bishop Carroll 2309; 8. Topeka Hayden 2232; 9. Kapaun Mount Carmel 2193; 10. North 2186; 11. Dodge City 2157; 12. Southeast 2034; 13. Carroll JV 1991; 14. South 1929; 15. Emporia 1843; 16. Andale-Garden Plain 1783; 17. Mulvane 1729; 18. Augusta 1713; 19. Northwest 1641; 20. Kapaun JV 1608; 21. West 1607; 22. Collegiate 1506; 23. Goddard JV 1440.