YAKIMA - The 2004-05 prep winter sports season officially got underway yesterday for Sunnyside athletes. The venue for the season debut, though, wasn't on a basketball court or even on a wrestling mat. Rather, Sunnyside High School's winter season kicked off at Minda Lanes in Yakima.
Opening the season a full two weeks ahead of their Grizzly counterparts, the SHS girls bowling team received a noteworthy performance from Desiree Pritchett. Unfortunately for the Lady Grizzlies, despite a game high 184 from Pritchett in the opening contest, the Sunnyside squad flamed out against Selah. The Vikings swept the Sunnyside girls, 4-0.
Pritchett's 184 in the opener made the first game a tight contest, but in the end Selah eked out a 15-pin victory, 691-676. The Vikings were paced to the opening game win by Stefhanni Jennerjohn, who rolled a 161. She got balanced support from teammates Kassie Foster, Emma Beemer and Whitney Jennerjohn with games of 147, 146 and 145, respectively. Selah's Kristina Dillon brought up the rear for the Vikings with a 92. Sunnyside's supporting cast didn't fare all that badly in the opener, as Megan Saunders tossed a 139 and Veronica Uribe and Cora Rodriguez posted identical 124's. Maribel Rodriguez added a 105 for the Lady Grizzlies in the first game.
Selah stretched its advantage to 85 pins in the second contest, winning by a 699-614 count. Uribe had the top effort in the losing cause, rolling a 154. Pritchett and Cora Rodriguez added games of 128 and 127, respectively. Maribel Rodriguez (105) and Saunders (100) closed out the second game scoring for the Lady Grizzlies. Selah's Whitney Jennerjohn and Foster inflicted the most damage in game two against Sunnyside with efforts of 183 and 173, respectively.
The Vikings closed the deal on Sunnyside in the two final Baker games, winning by scores of 180-126 and 169-150. The Baker format calls for each member of the five-girl squad to alternate shots through the course of the 10-frame game.
In JV action Tuesday afternoon, Selah mirrored the efforts of the Viking varsity, winning 4-0. Selah won the first two contests by counts of 606-489 and 591-439. In the two Baker games, the JV Vikings prevailed 124-94 and 136-92. In the losing cause, Sunnyside's Kayla Coder and Veronica Tlaltelpa had the strongest outings. Coder rolled games of 110-92 and Tlaltelpa posted scores of 127-74.
In a second JV match-up yesterday, Valerie Epps had the top effort for Sunnyside on games of 105-98. Selah won the secondary JV match, 3-1. Sunnyside's lone win of the match came in the second Baker game, a 102-76 victory.