Kennewick bowling team, Hanford pair heading to state

January 23, 2013 

The Kennewick girls bowling team is heading back to state.

The Lions, who finished the Mid-Columbia Conference regular season with a 15-0 record, continued their dominance at the Class 2A/3A district tournament Wednesday at Nob Hill Lanes in Yakima.

Kennewick finished with a score of 3,863, easily defeating fellow state qualifier West Valley (3,337), first-year team Hanford (3,286) and Selah (3,214).

“These girls have really bonded well together, and they keep pushing each other through the ups and downs and keep each other positive,” Kennewick coach Oscar Garnica said.

Defending state champion Karissa Shiflet of Kennewick topped the individual standings with a 555, or 185 average over three games.

Hanford’s Kendal Saueressig (171.333) and Robin Hansen (161), Sunnyside’s Johanna Chumley (147.333) and Selah’s Mikayla Ball (183.333) also advanced to the state tournament Feb. 1-2 in University Place.

“It really came down to us and West Valley,” Falcons coach Tim Faix said. “We were knocking each other around the whole time. It wasn’t a done deal until the last half of the last baker.”

Said Garnica of Hanford’s postseason run: “It’s a good thing for their young program to get out there and show their merit.”

Teams and individuals will bowl six games Feb. 1, while teams bowl 14 baker games the next day.

Kennewick will be out to improve on its fourth-place finish from last season.

“We the coaches are very proud of these girls, and we’ve just got to do it one more time,” Garnica said.

At Nob Hill Lanes

Team scores
— 1, Kennewick 3,863; 2, West Valley 3,337; 3, Hanford 3,286; 4, Selah 3,214.

Kennewick (team total 3,863):
Daicee Singer 160.667; Savanna Jones 170.333; Xochitl Garcia 179.333; Danielle Gonzales 175; Karissa Shiflet 185.

West Valley (team total 3,337):
Ally Delozier 176.333; Blaire Crutchley 162.333; Summer Himrod 124.667; Kitty McKinney 42; Dori Bird 84.3333; Heidi Zaragoza 37.3333; Beathenee Timmermans 164.5.

Selah (team total 3,214):
Sara McDowell 134.667; Leala Mangano 118.667; Ceci Estela 141.667; Emily Imbery 141.667; Mikayla Ball 183.333.

Hanford (team total 3,286):
Jackie Wells 84.3333; Robin Hansen 161; Ainsley Gettis 136.667; Cathrine Robertshaw 145; Kendal Saueressig 171.333.

Sunnyside individuals
— Johanna Chumley 147.333; Shantana Schneider 143.667; Brianna Esqueda 121.333; Maria Casas 133.667; Lupe Varela 93; Adriana Lopez 126.667.

Connell individuals
— Alex Shuster 137.667; Dyoni Shuster 138.333.

Ellensburg individuals
— Sarah Haberman 146.667; Christina Burright 123.667.

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