Bowling toward the postseason once again, Wilson got an early look at some of the competition they will face at the district and state tournaments in their annual Tower Classic. Getting key contributions from a couple newcomers, the Rams tallied 3,097 pins to place third out of 12 teams on Dec. 14 at Tower Lanes.
“It gives them a chance to see the competition that’s required (in the postseason),” said Wilson head coach Ken Richardson. “We were in second place with one game to go, and we had a mediocre last game. For our team it’s really nice to see that it really counts to try to make that spare.”
Junior Shannon Bailey led the way for the Rams, putting up a score of 215 – the fourth-highest game in individual play – in her first game and finishing with 563 pins overall to place fifth. Bailey, who attends Annie Wright, joined Wilson’s team this year after seeing a flyer at Tower Lanes during her bowling league. She was able to join the Rams since Annie Wright doesn’t offer bowling.
“It turned out to be a ridiculously nice find,” Richardson said. “That stuff doesn’t normally happen.”
Junior Hunter Fruehling-Thomas, who placed fifth individually at the state tournament last year, had scores of 199 and 190 in her first two games on the way to putting up 539 total pins. Richardson was especially impressed with the play of sophomore Genesis Brown, who finished with a 173 in her third game to earn an overall score of 467.
“That was nice, because we need a fifth bowler by the time we get to district or state if we want to get a trophy,” Richardson said.
Senior Brianna Osborn tallied 450 pins in the three individual games, and senior Austynn Knoll added an overall score of 433. The Rams had scores of 155, 178, 156 and 156 in the Baker format – where teammates combine to bowl a single game.
Everett’s Candice Goldfinch won the individual title with a score of 595, while Timberline won the team title with 3,300 pins and South Kitsap took second with a score of 3,106.
Foss also took part, and Kylie Thornton led the way with an individual score of 408 – and a 173 in her second game – while Stephanie Stahlnecker added a score of 400. The Falcons tallied 2,364 pins as a team to place 12th.