Bulldog scholar bowlers 6th in state
The McLouth High School scholars' bowl team has the distinction of being one of the top six teams in the state.
The Bulldogs finished in sixth place out of 12 teams at the Class 3A scholars' bowl championships Feb. 9 at Rock Creek High School
In pool play, MHS defeated Sacred Heart of Salina, 50-25, before losing to Rock Creek, 90-40, and Belle Plaine, 70-40.
MHS, though defeated Wichita Trinity, 60-35, and Council Grove, 50-25, and advanced past pool play. The top three teams in the two state pools of six teams advanced to the final tournament.
The Bulldogs, though, couldn't pull out a victory during that round and had to settle for sixth place. McLouth lost to Lakin (60-30), Ellsworth (45-30), Belle Plaine (90-20), Wichita Collegiate (80-20) and Sacred Heart, 50-40.
The highlight of the day for McLouth came in pool play with the victory against Sacred Heart. The Knights went on to win the state title.
"I was very pleased with the team's performance at state," fifth-year coach Sara Booth said. "They handled the pressure very well and remained supportive of each other."
Rounding out the top four places at state were Lakin, Wichita Collegiate and Ellsworth.
Team members competing Saturday were Philipp Wnuck, Sarah Woodhead, Martin Lucas, Grant Smelser.
Alternates were Steven Nowlan and Amanda Friesz. Jerrod Bechard also was a varsity member for the Bulldogs.
Booth said team members gave Wnuck, who is an exchange student from Germany, a hard time Saturday after he incorrectly answered a translation question from German to English. He answered "Please close the window." The correct answer was "Close the window."
"We teased him all day about being too polite," Booth said.
Joking aside, the squad's efforts on Saturday served as a nice ending to a successful year, according to Booth.
"One of the best aspects of the team this year was that they each were very strong in their area of expertise," Booth said. "They were willing to spend time after school practicing as well as studying on their own time.
"They were also very patient with me when I would give entire math lessons on questions they had missed at a previous meet."
The Delaware Valley League, in which McLouth is a member, was well represented Saturday.
Fellow DVL schools Oskaloosa and Kansas City Christian also participated in 3A state, while Valley Falls competed in 2A state action.