Harold Lysne is the owner of 10-lane Tiger Bowling, a bowling alley located just across the street from Battle Ground High School.
And it is becoming the house where WIAA state high school girls’ champions rise from.
Followers thought Battle Ground’s first Class 4A state title last season was impressive, totaling 7,716 pins and winning by 267 pins over 2011 champion Emerald Ridge.
The result Saturday? The Tigers were almost assured of repeating when they walked through the doors of Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place, but began the Baker team format by bowling a 235 – and ended up as the runaway 4A champion.
They finished with 8,052 pins in two days of competition. Runner-up Cascade of Everett was a whole county behind – at 7,192.
After surviving a rally from Timberline, Mark Morris pulled away in the final four Baker games to defending its 3A/2A title, marking the school’s third championship in the past four seasons.
As far as Battle Ground’ sudden ascension to the top of 4A, Lysne remembers when he first started as the Tigers’ coach nearly a decade ago. Half his team competed with rental equipment.
“We have the equipment – the girls now have five or six bowling balls,” Lysne said. “Now I just coach them on all the things not to do.
“We won (the 4A title) last year, and this year’s team is by far better. All of them are back next year.”
The 3A/2A tournament had a bit more suspense.
Mark Morris came into Saturday with a 39-pin lead, quickly extended it to well over 100 pins early in the Baker games.
But Timberline outscored the Monarchs by 67 pins in the eighth, ninth and 10th games to cut the deficit to 48 pins.
“We kept looking over (at the scoreboard),” Mark Morris bowler Brittany Schlauch said. “It was crazy, and we were like, ‘We can get this!’ A flip of the switch came on.”
In the 11th game, Mark Morris started strong, then surged late with strikes in the sixth, seventh and 10th frames. Schlauch closed out the game by rolling three strikes in the 10th frame for a 199 score.
Timberline was victimized with a split late in the 11th game, and ended up with a 156. The Monarchs’ lead climbed near 100 pins, and they never looked back, winning with a 7,694 total.
The Blazers ended up with 7,574, and their first state runner-up finish in girls’ bowling.
“We tried to focus on what we do, and what we could control – and that was our own shots,” Timberline coach John Wilson said. “They’re … obviously very good.”
Wilson was sixth in 3A/2A, and missed a state trophy. South Puget Sound League and West Central District champion Curtis rallied for fifth in 4A, but just missed getting on the podium.