Playoffs loom


YAKIMA – The third time was not the charm for the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team.

Tuesday, facing West Valley a third time to close out regular season play, Sunnyside dropped a 3-1 decision to the Rams at Yakima’s Nob Hill Lanes.

To the Lady Grizzlies’ credit, the two previous match-ups with West Valley this season ended in 4-0 spankings. Sunnyside averted a shutout yesterday afternoon by winning the second of the two Baker games, 136-111.

Thanks to strong individual efforts by Brianna Esqueda, Johanna Chumley and Elisha Noyola, Sunnyside went tit-for-tat with West Valley in yesterday’s opening game. Esqueda rolled a team-best 164 in Tuesday’s opener, with Chumley and Noyola adding performances of 152 and 142, respectively.

The Rams, though, had four girls who shot above 150, and that propelled West Valley to a tightly contested 730-698 victory in game one.

The host Rams took firm control of the match via a 773-615 win in game two. Seniors Blaire Crutchley and Summer Himrod powered West Valley to the convincing victory by posting scores of 190 and 176.

In the losing cause in game two, Elexis Lepe rolled a team-high 159 for Sunnyside. Junior Carla Rodriguez notched the second highest score for the Lady Grizzlies in that contest, a 143.

West Valley secured the team victory by taking the first of the two Baker games, 146-129.

Yesterday’s loss leaves Sunnyside with a 3-9 record in regular season play.

The Lady Grizzlies are now scheduled to play a cross-over match against Hanford at Richland’s Atomic Lanes on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The winner of that match will advance to the District tournament the following day in Kennewick.


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