TACOMA — The rest of the field at the 1A/2A West Central District III bowling tournament were no match for Klahowya’s depth.
All five Eagles bowlers finished in the top 25 at the Jan. 27 tournament at Pacific Lanes, propelling Klahowya to a district championship.
Klahowya started hot, bowling a team score of 829 in game one, and rode that momentum through the rest of the tournament. Emma Parker led the way with a 187, but Hannah Catt (176), Briana Kennard (169), Samantha Blocher (154) and Jacklynne Stroup (143) were all close behind in a true team effort.
While the Eagles never again matched the 829 figure, scores of 755 and 772 in the second and third games gave them a healthy lead heading into the Bakers.
“These girls, they’ve done very well in the last week,” Klahowya head coach Dave Colby said. “They have had four 800 games, and that’s really good. Everybody has chipped in.”
After rolling 172 and 177 in the first two Baker games, the Eagles dipped to 137 in the third, but that was the only low point as they won the tournament by 140 pins. Kennard went on to finish second overall thanks to a 201 in her third and final game and Parker took home fourth.
On the individual side, Bremerton’s Hannah Sutton topped all bowlers with a three-game total of 560. The Knights finished fourth, but Sutton will bowl alongside Washington’s best at the state tournament, which takes place Feb. 1-3 at Narrows Bowl Plaza in Tacoma.
“I’m happy they took fourth, but disappointed they won’t get to go as a team,” Bremerton head coach Dean Wagner said. “But I’m very proud of Hannah sticking in there today and doing what she needed to do.”
Also making a return trip to Tacoma for state will be Olympic, which came in second to Klahowya in the 1A/2A tournament.
The Trojans bowled the high game of the tournament, an 855 in game three, fueled in part by a 200 score from Heather Huskinson and a 184 from Marissa Nemeth, both of whom would go on to finish in the top ten. They also got off to a strong start in the Bakers with a 193, but could never make up the difference as Klahowya retained a lead of 100 pins or more for most of the afternoon.
Samantha Stump was Olympic’s top finisher with a three-game total of 509.
“We started out kind of slow our first game, the girls were a little nervous, a little tight,” Olympic head coach Dave Jamrog said. “But after that they loosened up and we managed to pull off a great third game. That was the high team game of the tournament.”
In the 4A tournament, South Kitsap hung around all day as only district champion Thomas Jefferson ever managed to pull away from the eight-team pack. Coming off an impressive second place finish in the 4A South Puget Sound League tournament, the team recorded scores of 729, 799 and 748 in the first three games, and 172, 154, 154 and 170 in the Bakers, finishing sixth.
While the Wolves did not qualify as a team, juniors Ginger Cermak and Abigail Kay will represent their school at the state tournament. Cermak finished 12th with a three-game score of 515 and Key was 22nd with 474. Fellow 11th grader Erin Alonzo will serve as an alternate.
“With Ginger and Abigail, they were arguably some of the best bowlers we had last year after Sarah Stolle, so for them to come through this year is great,” South Kitsap head coach Lee La Deaux said.
Central Kitsap finished seventh in the 3A tournament with 2484 pins. That total did not qualify the team, but bowlers Jazmine Clewis and Rebecca Sharp qualified as individuals after finishing 14th and 16th respectively.
Final team results: Klahowya, 3013; Olympic, 2873; Franklin Pierce, 2639; Bremerton, 2502; Washington, 2480; Foss, 2386; Steilacoom 2,350.
Top local bowlers: Hannah Sutton, Bremerton, 560 (1st); Briana Kennard, Klahowya, 530 (2nd); Emma Parker, Klahowya, 523 (4th); Samantha Stump, Olympic, 509 (5th); Heather Huskinson, Olympic, 484 (7th); Marissa Nemeth, Olympic, 475 (9th); Hannah Catt, Klahowya, 458 (11th); Samantha Blocher, Klahowya, 444 (13th); Jacklynne Stroup, Klahowya, 401 (23rd); Maddie Bonk, Olympic, 389 (T-24th); Meaghan Malone, Bremerton, 378 (27th); Shen Stewart, Bremerton, 343 (35th).
Final team results: Wilson, 3071; Shelton, 3027; Bethel 3022; Capital, 2833; Yelm, 2753; Lincoln, 2578; Central Kitsap, 2484; Lakes, 2341.
Top local bowlers: Jazmine Clewis, Central Kitsap, 466 (14th); Rebecca Sharp, Central Kitsap, 462 (16th); Ruth McLaughlin, Central Kitsap, 386 (33rd); Haley Dunn, Central Kitsap, 342 (49th);
Final team results: Thomas Jefferson, 3293; Rogers, 3052; Cascade, 3040; Puyallup, 3025; Jackson, 2996; South Kitsap, 2926; Decatur, 2709; Kennedy Catholic, 2309.
Top local bowlers: Ginger Cermak, South Kitsap, 515 (12th); Abigail Kay, South Kitsap, 474 (22nd); Erin Alonzo, South Kitsap, 451 (25th); Shylene Tudela, South Kitsap, 408, (34th); Tawnee Yates, South Kitsap, 306 (two games; 49th).