To paraphrase an old sporting cliché, “home field advantage means a whole lot.” Home lanes advantage was the story in this case, as the Wilson Rams defeated 10 other opponents in the sixth annual Tower Lanes Classic on Saturday afternoon in Tacoma with an aggregate score of 3,227 pins. The Rams defeated runner-up Cascade High School of Everett – who finished with 3,160 – and third-place Timberline, who finished with a score of 3,049.
“The girls bowled so well today, it was a great win as we prepare in late January for both district and state play,” said head coach Ken Richardson.
Wilson jumped out to a commanding lead early at the start of the Baker games and would coast to the victory with a clinching score of 200 the second Baker game. Olympic’s Kendra Willis would take honors with a high series score of 672.
“I’ve only been bowling for three years and have been progressing every year since I started,” said Willis, who carries a 195 average in league play.
There were three big reasons that Wilson won the title on this afternoon, as sophomore Hunter Fruehling-Thomas, junior Brianna Osborn and senior Sam Dusek all finished in the top 10 series placers on the afternoon.
“I was looking for my season’s personal best today,” said Fruehling-Thomas, who finished seventh with 548 total pins. “I’ve been getting better as the season has progressed to this point.” Osborn finished eighth with 542 pins, and talked about the “ability to stay positive myself, and keep my teammates’ spirits up.”
Dusek, who finished fifth with 560 pins, wanted her “teammates to stay and work together and keep good practice habits.”
Currently tied for second in the Narrows 3A, Richardson looks forward to a month-long break in preparation for both district and state play in late January and early February. “We’ve struggled a bit lately as a team, but we can really use this time to get ready for the season ending tourneys, which are both in Tacoma. Hopefully we can finish with a real rush.”