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Sunnyside bowlers roll past West Valley

A balanced team effort on the part of the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team spelled defeat for the West Valley Rams yesterday afternoon.

Competing at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, the Lady Grizzly keglers posted a 3-1 victory. The win was Sunnyside's first of the season in three outings. The Lady Grizzlies are now 3-9 in the points standings. West Valley fell to 6-6.

Sunnyside's two co-captains, senior Desiree Pritchett and sophomore Veronica Uribe, led the Lady Grizzlies into the win column. Pritchett had the top two-game series of the day-a 306 on games of 145 and 161. Uribe's 289 two-game series also topped all of the West Valley scores. She rolled games of 154-135.

The rest of the Sunnyside team wasn't far behind the two co-captains. Junior Megan Saunders rolled a 274 (136-138), senior Cora Rodriguez a 251 (135-116) and junior Katie Weets a 209 (92-117).

The Lady Grizzlies had to scramble from behind for the win after West Valley took the opening game, 694-662. The Rams received a team best 158 from sophomore Angela Brown in the opener. Also contributing to West Valley's opening game victory were senior Kristine Anderson and junior Michelle Froehlich with scores of 148 and 144, respectively. Sophomore Kristen Hayward (126) and senior Shannon Hauff (118) closed out the scoring for West Valley. In the losing cause, Uribe had the top score for Sunnyside with a 154. That was 13 pins above her league average of 141.

Sunnyside began its come-from-behind rally by claiming a 30-pin victory over the Rams in game two, winning 667-637. Pritchett, who's averaging 157 through the first three matches this season, shot a game best 161. Saunders and Uribe added efforts of 138 and 135, respectively, for Sunnyside. West Valley's top bowler in the second contest was Hauff, who notched a 148.

The Lady Grizzlies assured themselves of at least tying yesterday's match when they won the first Baker game on the day, 135-132. Sunnyside closed out Tuesday's action with a 160-158 Baker game win to account for the 3-1 match victory. In the Baker game format, each member of the five-girl squad alternates taking shots throughout the 10 frames.

Sunnyside is scheduled to take on the Davis Pirates tomorrow (Thursday) at Yakima's Minda Lanes.

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