At Curtis High School, the pins are going down.
And so is the Vikings’ competition in girls’ bowling.
Led by three finishers in the top 10, including winner Molly Lorfeld, the Vikings ran away from the field at the West Central District III girls bowling championships at Pacific Lanes in South Tacoma on Saturday afternoon.
The South Puget Sound League champions won with 3,355 pins – well ahead of 4A chasers Puyallup (3,117), Cascade of Everett (3,043) and Emerald Ridge (2,908), which saw its run of four district titles end.
With 3,348 pins, Timberline captured its first 3A/2A district title, ending Wilson’s two-year reign. The Rams, who won three state titles from 2006-08, did rally late to finish third, and extend their streak of state-tournament appearances to seven seasons.
For the Curtis Vikings, after spending the past half-decade watching Emerald Ridge run the roost, now is their time to make a run at their first state bowling championship.
After finishing second to Emerald Ridge in the WCD tournament last season, the Vikings went undefeated in league play in 2012-13 – and continued their torrid yet business-like showing Saturday.
And it was a showing that almost welcomed perfection.
Lorfeld, the team’s anchor bowler, started her first game with 11 consecutive strikes – and needed one more to post a perfect 300 game.
Her last shot hit the pocket square, but left a solid 4-pin for a career-best 299 game (previous best was 268). The WCD single-game record was 300, set by Cascade of Everett’s Sarah Elliott in 2008.
Lorfeld’s three-game series total was 619 for medalist honors. Sheri Hill (569) was fourth, and Autumn Reid (531) was 10th for the Vikings.
Everett’s Candice Goldfinch had the highest series of anybody with a 656 in 3A/2A (games of 222-248-186).