ELLENSBURG - Quite honestly, Sunnyside's bowlers had nothing to write home about following yesterday's 4-0 sweep of the Ellensburg Bulldogs.
The Lady Grizzly keglers recorded some of their lowest scores of the season at Ellensburg's Rodeo Lanes on Tuesday, but the performances proved to be more than enough to blank the hapless 'Dogs. Sunnyside also notched a 4-0 victory over Ellensburg back in late November 2012.
Yesterday's win, more importantly, gives the SHS bowling team a three-victory winning streak to close out the regular season. The win also might give the squad a bit of momentum that could carry the Lady Grizzlies further into the postseason than many may have expected, especially considering Sunnyside opened the season by winning only one of its first 11 matches.
The combined 1A/2A/3A playoffs for the prep bowlers begin tomorrow (Thursday).
In besting Ellensburg yesterday, the Lady Grizzlies got off to a good start by claiming a 104-pin margin of victory in the opening game (627-523). Johanna Chumley and Shantana Schneider had efforts of 148 and 142, respectively, to lead the early charge. The best the Bulldogs could muster in game one was a 134 performance from Sara Haberman.
With nothing better than a 117 from Ellensburg's Cami Barrientos, the Lady Grizzlies easily prevailed in game two, 616-533. Chumley rolled a 162 for Sunnyside in that contest, giving her a match-best 310 two-game series. Schneider added a 134 for Sunnyside. The three other Lady Grizzly performances in that second game ranged from 101 to 110.
Sunnyside sewed up the victory by winning the first of the two Baker games, 89-81. The Lady Grizzlies made it a clean sweep by coming out on top in the second Baker contest, 130-97.
Postseason action for Sunnyside's bowlers gets underway tomorrow (Thursday). The Lady Grizzlies (4-10) will be taking on Selah at Yakima's Minda Lanes at 3:30 p.m. to determine the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds into the District playoffs.
Should Sunnyside win tomorrow, the Lady Grizzlies will host the Connell Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in a loser-out match at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes. If the SHS squad loses to Selah tomorrow, it will face the Hanford High School team in a loser-out District tourney match at Richland's Atomic Bowl on Jan. 22, with action beginning at 3:30 p.m.
A four-team Regional tourney playoff will be staged at Yakima's Nob Hill Lanes on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The top two finishing teams at Regionals will move on to the State tournament.