Wilson became the unlucky victim of the smaller number of team bids to the state bowling tournament. Two bowlers earned bids to state as individuals, but the Rams fell just short of qualifying as a team, settling for fourth place at the West Central District bowling tournament on Feb. 1 at Pacific Lanes.
“We left a lot of easy spares out there,” said Wilson head coach Ken Richardson. “But it’s tough. There’s a bunch of good teams here, and they’re only taking three (to state) this year. It makes it really challenging.”
The Rams trailed Timberline – who they had beaten twice this year in league play – by 115 pins heading into the Baker games, and couldn’t make up the deficit as they settled for fourth place with a total of 3,025 pins. But juniors Shannon Bailey and Hunter Freuhling-Thomas each placed in the top eight overall individual finishers, earning the duo a bid to the state meet this weekend.
Bailey, who attends Annie Wright, joined the Wilson team in the fall after noticing a banner during her bowling league at Tower Lanes – the Rams’ home venue. Bailey finished fifth overall on the day, averaging a score of 178 through the three individual rounds, including a 186 in her final game.
“I felt pretty good actually,” Bailey said. “I was really relaxed…really I just go to my happy place, is what I call it. I just stay relaxed and don’t let the other people bring me down or anything.”
Freuhling-Thomas, who finished fifth at the state tournament last year, took eighth overall with an average of 174, including a high round of 190 in her second game. Wilson senior Brianna Osborn just missed the cut of advancing to state, but qualified as an alternate after putting up a score of 181 in her first game and finishing with an average of 164. The Rams’ Austynn Knoll bowled a 160 in her first game and finished with a 156 average to place 22nd individually.
Lincoln’s Miriam Cabrera finished just behind Knoll, tallying a score of 161 in her final game to lead the Abes. Teammate Kassie Seifert bowled a 154 in her opener and placed 26th individually, while Triana Williams finished 42nd. Foss’ Kylie Thornton was steady in averaging a score of 133 in her three rounds, while teammate Kiersten Luedtke overcame a rough start to finish with a 167 in her third round. Mount Tahoma’s Emily Eriksen averaged a 139 on the day – including a high of 157 in game two – to place 30th, while teammate Aubruann Hale placed to spots behind and had a 157 in her first game.
Curtis, meanwhile, will advance to state as a team, having put up a total of 3,023 pins at the 4A tournament to place second behind South Kitsap. Alexia Rawls led the Vikings with rounds of 185, 185 and 189 to place sixth in individual play, and Sheri Hill placed eighth while averaging a 175. Stadium’s Ali Fouch put up a total score of 389 to place 44th.
The 2A/3A and 4A tournaments take place at Narrows Plaza Bowl, as individual play begins on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and the Baker games take place on Feb. 8 at 8 a.m.