The Rogers Rams’ lone bowler turned in a performance for the ages on Friday afternoon at the Class 4A state bowling tournament.
Freshman Alyssa Feller compiled 1,245 pins en route to a third-place individual finish at Narrows Plaza Bowl in Tacoma.
“In practice, she had been shooting in the 180s and 190s,” Rogers head coach Justin Wisness said. “At districts, she averaged a 178 per game, and today she had a 209 average.
“All of her hard work has come to fruition,” he said. “She has been working so hard in practice. She just gets it. You can see the transformation right in front of your eyes, which is a cool thing. We’re so proud of her.”
The Puyallup Vikings, who advanced as a team, placed seventh with 6,603 pins. Vikings’ head coach Anne Carpenter said it was the perfect way to end the season for the team’s four seniors, Andrea Westling, Carlie Butcher, Megan McAdams and Kayla Harrell.
“I really wanted all of our seniors to experience this, and they are here,” Carpenter said. “They get to go out with a bang and finish their season at state. Nothing is better than that. The girls had a lot of fun and had the opportunity to be part of an awesome experience.”
The Emerald Ridge Jaguars finished eighth as a team with 6,315 pins. The team placed third last year. Sophomore Elisa Couch led the Jaguars with a sixth-place individual finish with 1,140 pins.
Emerald Ridge head coach Al McCormack said just reaching the tourney completed his team’s season.
“We had absolutely no pressure that we have had in the past on us to try to do extremely well,” he said. “We had a young team this year and went through a lot early in the season.”
The Jaguars started the season 1-4 but turned their season around and excelled during the postseason.
“We are extremely happy with how our season turned out,” McCormack said.