With each strike, spare – even nasty split – the Timberline High School girls’ bowling team cheered.
Even at the most important tournament of the season, the WIAA state girls’ championships at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place, the Blazers aren’t taking themselves too seriously.
As a result, they are seriously in the middle of the Class 3A/2A team title hunt.
Consistent not flashy, Timberline nearly kept pace with defending state champion Mark Morris after the first day of the tournament Friday.
After six games, the Monarchs lead with 5,171 pins. Right behind them are the Blazers, the West Central District champions at 5,132.
Mark Morris’ Janaye Kilgore won the individual title going away. She totaled 1,295 pins – nearly a 216 average – to pull away from North Thurston’s Cortnie Brathovd (1,211), Olympic’s Kendra Willis (1,199) and defending champion Karissa Shiflet, of Kennewick (1,183).
In 4A, defending champion Battle Ground is in firm control. The Tigers had an astounding 5,493 pins – well ahead of Cascade of Everett (4,923). South Puget Sound League and WCD winner Curtis is fifth at 4,693.
And Southwest Washington bowlers made it three 4A champions in a row. Skyview’s Madison Crockett recorded the top score for either classification – a 1,324.
Play resumes Saturday at 8 a.m. with 14 Baker format games to decide the state team championships.