GIRLS PREP BOWLING
KENNEWICK – There are two ways for high school bowlers to qualify to compete at the State tournament. The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies came up short on both attempts.
Sunnyside, as a team, missed out on advancing to yesterday’s 1A-2A-3A District tournament in Kennewick, via a postseason bowl-in loss to Hanford on Tuesday of this week.
Five Lady Grizzlies, however, advanced to the District tourney on Wednesday on an individual basis. At stake were four individual berths to State.
Two of the Lady Grizzly keglers came close to moving on based on their three-game series at Kennewick‘s Spare Time Lanes. But the pair - Brianna Esqueda and Johanna Chumley - finished 14 and 18 pins, respectively, behind the fourth and final individual qualifier for State.
Grabbing that last spot for the Feb. 7-8 State tourney in Tacoma was West Valley’s Heidi Zaragoza. She rolled a 485 series on games of 152-161-172.
Esqueda came up 14 pins short of Zaragoza’s total pinfall, tossing a 471 series via efforts of 159-148-164.
Chumley was 18 pins back of Zaragoza. She tallied a 467 series on games of 157-167-143.
The top individual qualifier for State from yesterday’s District tourney in Kennewick was Blaire Crutchley of the West Valley Rams. She totaled a 580 series (184-195-201). Also moving on to State are Selah’s Mikayla Ball, who rolled a 548 series; and West Valley’s Summer Himrod, who tossed a 508 series.
Besides Esqueda and Chumley, Sunnyside’s Elisha Noyola, Thalia Borja and Carla Rodriguez attempted to secure individual berths to State yesterday.
Noyola shot a 411 series (120-140-151), Borja totaled a 401 (159-124-118) and Rodriguez tallied a series of 368 (144-125-99).
Team-wise, Kennewick and Hanford emerged as the No. 1 and 2 finishing squads at yes-
terday’s District competition. Both teams will be moving on to State. The two other teams that competed at District were Selah and West Valley.