WIAA state girls bowling championships, Feb. 7-8

Staff writerFebruary 6, 2014 

4A and 3A/2A/1A at Narrows Plaza, Tacoma

Schedule: Friday – Individual games (1-3) are from 10 a.m.-noon, and individual games (4-6) are from 1:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Saturday – Baker games (14) are from 8 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Last year’s champions: 4A – Battle Ground won the team title, and Skyview’s Madison Crockett won the individual title. 3A/2A/1A – Mark Morris won the team title, and Mark Morris’ Janaye Kilgore won the individual title.

The skinny: 4A – It will take a herculean effort for somebody to stop Battle Ground from capturing its third consecutive state team title. The Tigers (4,101 pins) crushed the field at the Southwest Washington District tournament last week – and have a pair of top-flight bowlers in Wylicia Faley – the 2012 state individual champion – and Kim Martin. Also, Crockett (614 series) won the district individual crown, and is on the short list of co-favorites this week. … South Kitsap, the Narrows 4A champion, edged Curtis at last week’s West Central/North District championships at Pacific Lanes, but third-place Cascade of Everett looms as a podium threat, and boast individual district winner Kayla Zabel (680 series). Locally, Spanaway Lake’s Carolina Snowden, a ninth grader, and Emerald Ridge’s Elisa Couch, who placed third in 2012, could challenge for the 4A title. … Richland is the best school in Eastern Washington, led by top bowler Mekenzie Richardson.

3A – How good is the bowling in Southwest Washington is two-time defending state champion Mark Morris (also won three of past four state titles) could not even get out of districts last week? Columbia River, Fort Vancouver and R.A. Long advanced from that tournament. … Bremerton likely is the best bet to snap that region’s stranglehold, and the Olympic League powerhouse placed three bowlers in the top 15 at the WCD tournament with Megan Wittenberg (second), Helaina Hilligoss (seventh) and Abby King (14th). … North Thurston’s Cortnie Brathovd is the highest returning state participant, finishing as the runner-up last year to Kilgore. Brathovd (537 series) was third at districts last week behind Olympic’s Ashlyn Jamrog (569) and Wittenberg (545). … Wilson did not advance as a team out of the WCD tournament, but still has Shannon Bailey and Hunter Fruehling-Thomas in pursuit of an individual title.

Tickets: Daily passes are $9 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens. Tournament passes are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.

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