Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place is something like a second home for the Kennewick and Moses Lake girls bowling programs.
Both teams are making return appearances at the state championships, starting at 10 a.m. Friday with the individual roll-offs.
Kennewick earned the second of two available 3A/2A berths with a silver finish at the Dis-trict 5/6 re-gional championships last Friday at Spare Time Lanes. The Lions mowed down 3,598 pins to place behind district champion Selah and its 3,692 pins.
Moses Lake took the regional title and the only available 4A state berth with a 3,639 pin fall.
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The Chiefs placed eighth overall last year at state with a team-total 5,904 pins.
Meanwhile, the Lions are making their second state appearance in three years. In 2010, they finished second in 4A with 6,965 pins.
Kennewick coach Oscar Garnica, selected to Bowlers Journal International's "Top Coaches 2011" honor roll, wants the Lions to be in the best frame of mind at state.
"Yesterday was a tough practice," Garnica said Wednesday. "Today they came in with a great attitude, and hopefully that will carry over to this weekend."
Guiding the Lions will be juniors Karissa Shiflet and Danielle Gonzales, who rolled season averages of 188 and 166. They also were ranked first and second on the all-league first team.
Rounding out the Lions' primary roster for state are senior Megan Weir, junior Xochitl Garcia, a second-team selection, and sophomore Daicee Singer.
"She's going to keep improving," Garnica said of Singer, who averaged 149 over 12 games but was ineligible for the all-league list because of the 15-game requirement.
"Karissa showed her great leadership, and that also goes for Danielle," Garnica said. "You can look at the records. Ups and downs are normal for high school sports, but they fought through it and are better people for it.
"I'm proud of these girls. They've really matured, and I look forward to next year to see how much better they can do."
Pasco senior Patty Zavala and junior Mariko Sital also will compete in the 3A/2A state tourney. Zavala placed second among individual bowlers at regionals with a 547. Sital, an all-league honorable mention, qualified with a 489.
Meanwhile, all-league juniors Zhane Serrano and Breanne Garry lead Moses Lake back to state.
"We won our first invite, but our season was kind of rocky," Moses Lake coach Billy Brice said. "We finished 4-4, but we had regionals, which we won, kind of like a bookend thing, and now we go to state.
"We're very excited about what's going on here, and the girls are bowling very well. ... It's going to be tough and, you know, no pressure. I just want them to enjoy the moment and knock down the pins and see what happens."
Also participating at 4A state in the individual competition is Chiawana senior Echo Kane, a 2011 state bowler.
Kane, a first-team all-league selection, rolled a season average of 160 but surpassed that mark at regionals to earn her state ticket. She finished fourth after accumulating a three-game total of 525 pins for a 175 average.
NOTES: The state championship oil pattern is dubbed "easy street" and has a distance of 38 feet, which Garnica said will "hook more" than a normal house pattern or, as Brice put it, " 'Easy' is not easy." ... Bowlers will roll three games starting at 10 a.m. Friday, break for lunch and roll three more. The individual awards ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. ... Teams will return at 8 a.m. Saturday and grind through 14 baker games. The team awards ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.
2012 Central Washington High School Bowling
3A/2A all-league selections
(overall rank, name, grade, school, season average)
1. Karissa Shiflet, jr., Kennewick, 188; 2. Danielle Gonzales, jr., Kennewick, 166; 3. Miki Campbell, sr., West Valley, 162; 4. Ally Delozier, jr., West Valley, 162; 5. Blaire Crutchley, so., West Valley, 159; 6. Taylor Jones, sr., Selah, 159.
7. Kylie Lange, sr., West Valley, 153; 8. Karla Garcia, jr., Pasco, 153; 9. Maddy Serrano, so., Pasco, 148; 10. Xochitl Garcia, jr., Kennewick, 146; 11. Emily Imbery, jr., Selah, 146; 12. Johanna Chumley, so., Sunnyside, 146.
13. Tania Martinez, sr., Pasco, 144; 14. Mariko Sital, jr., Pasco, 140; 15. Shilo Epenesa, sr., Ellensburg, 140; 16. Amanda Villarreal, sr., Sunnyside, 138; 17. Veronica Alvarez, sr., Sunnyside, 135; 18. Ashley Baughman, sr., Selah, 133.
Bowler of the year: Karissa Shiflet, Kennewick.
Coach of the year (tie): Teresa Chavez, Pasco and Will Foster, Selah.
4A all-league selections
(overall rank, name, grade, school, season average)
1. Megan Walls, jr., Eisenhower, 185; 2. Marissa Obregon, sr., Wenatchee, 174; 3. Danielle Yant, jr., Wenatchee, 162; 4. Echo Kane, sr., Chiawana, 160; 5. Devan Corcoran, jr., Wenatchee, 158.
6. Perrie Buak, jr., Wenatchee, 154; 7. Zhane Serrano, jr., Moses Lake, 153; 8. Carina Garcia, jr., Chiawana, 153; 9. Sarah Cawthron, sr., Eisenhower, 151; 10. Megan Carpenter, sr., Chiawana, 146.
11. Jasmine Miller, sr., Eisenhower, 146; 12. Breanne Garry, jr., Moses Lake, 145; 13. Lilly Waldon, jr., Eisenhower, 143; 14. Samantha Juarez, jr., Davis, 141; 15. Tori Foster, jr., Moses Lake, 139.
Bowler of the year: Megan Walls, Eisenhower.
Coach of the year: Breanne Copenhefer, Chiawana.