WICHITA - Great Bend's girls bowling team will head to Northrock Lanes at the Class 5-1A state championship with confidence after a runner-up regional finish. The Panthers finished second with a score of 2,408 pins behind chmpion Salina South. The Panthers will compete at 2:15 p.m. Friday. The Panthers finished sixth in Class 5-1A with a score of 2,106.
The No. 1 ranked Central Plains girls (21-0) rolled past Ellinwood 78-17 in the St. John Class 2A basketball substate. Central Plains (21-0) meets Pratt-Skyline (9-12) at 7:30 p.m. in Thursday's girls semifinals. The Oiler girls have won the last two Class 2A state titles.
Great Bend erased a 7-point deficit with a 21-6 scoring burst for a 62-51 Western Athletic Conference victory over Hays High Friday. The Panthers converted 21 of 30 free throws to outscore the Indians by 14 points.