State bowling: Richland High grabs third-place trophy

February 8, 2014 

In just the second year of the program, the Richland High bowling team won third place at the Class 4A state tournament Saturday in the team competition at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.

The Bombers finished with 7,325 pins to lock up the trophy. Battle Ground won its third consecutive state title, rolling an 8,224. Wenatchee was second at 7,638.

“I’m extremely happy with the girls and how they performed,” Richland coach Jason Bare said. “We had some disappointing moments, but they overcame them and did a great job recovering and getting the big strike when they needed to.”

In the Class 3A/2A/1A tournament, Kennewick took sixth with 7,093 pins and Hanford eighth with 6,695 pins. Bremerton won that team title with 7,658.

“I know we struggled, but when I look at the overall numbers they all bowled their average,” Kennewick coach Oscar Garnica said. “You can’t say nothing bad about that. Their average just wasn’t good enough.”

Kennewick did win the academic state championship, and the sixth place finish was no laughing matter after a regular season that saw plenty of struggle.

“It is a huge accomplishment compared to what we were during the season,” Garnica said. “They came back at regionals, and they bowled their hearts out (at state). As a coach you have to be proud of the girls.”

Richland High opened Friday’s scratch games with its worst game of the season, rolling an 735. But the Bombers bounced back — perhaps fueled by a food promise by Bare — to roll their best score of the season in the final scratch game.

“ I told them at lunch that if they broke 870 or 900, I’d get them a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts,” Bare said. “That seemed to help as they went 865, 884 and 958. It was kind of crazy. They finished really well.”

Last season, Richland took two individual bowlers, and this season the Bombers brought their entire team.

“Nerves played a big role I think,” Bare said of the slow start. “The environment, being there with so many other teams, a crowded place — we just didn’t click right off the bat. It just took us a little while. After lunchtime, they just pulled through.”

And now they have a state trophy to show for it.

Class 4A

At Narrows Plaza Bowl, University Place

Team scores: 1. Battle Ground, 8,224; 2. Wenatchee, 7,638; 3. Richland, 7,325; 4. South Kitsap, 6,930; 5. Heritage, 6,909; 6. Puyallup, 6,691; 7. Curtis, 6,677; 8. Cascade, 6,529

Class 3A/2A/1A

At Narrows Plaza Bowl, University Place

Team scores: 1. Bremerton, 7,658; 2. Timberline, 7,613; 3. R.A. Long, 7,466; 4. Fort Vancouver, 7,383; 5. Columbia River, 7,331; 6. Kennewick, 7,093; 7. Olympic, 7,083; 8. Hanford, 6,695

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