When the girls state high school bowling tournament begins at 10 a.m. today, Jason Bare will be concentrating on his Richland High School team.
But maybe just a little of him will also try to see his daughters compete in another part of Narrows Plaza Bowl at University Place.
Bare’s daughters, Sabrina and Nadine Bare, will be competing in the Class 3A portion of the state tournament for Kennewick.
It’s been an interesting situation for the Bare family this season.
When Coach Bare, who teaches at Richland High, has his Bombers competing against a league opponent, Sabrina and Nadine are usually somewhere else at the same time competing in another match. Only three times during the season — when the Bombers and the Lions have met — has dad gotten to see his daughters roll.
“That’s unfortunate I don’t get to see them play as much,” said Jason. “However, I got to see my youngest daughter get her first 200 against us. I got to see my oldest daughter get her first 200. It’s nice to see them bowl against us and we get the win.”
They also make up for it at dining room table.
“We’ve had some good dinner conversations,” said Nadine. “The night before we play each other, it’s interesting. We’ll tell him ‘Enjoy your last dinner being undefeated, Dad.’”
Sabrina agrees, and the sisters take it all in stride.
“Your competition is your competition,” Sabrina said.
Unfortunately for the girls, Dad got the last laugh for most of the season. The Bombers won the Mid-Columbia Conference regular-season title with an 11-3 record. The Lions tied with Chiawana for second at 9-5.
Jason was named MCC coach of the year for his team’s finish.
And even though he doesn’t get to see his daughters roll much, they make up for it at home.
“We’ll come home and talk about how we did. Who beat who and what not,” Jason said. “Yeah I’ll rub it in a little bit. But Kennewick has been a really good team. We were fortunate to beat them twice this season.”
Maybe so, but the Bombers also won their district tournament and head into state as the top team from the east side of the state.
“I’m not surprised,” said Jason. “(Going to state) was our goal from the beginning. We decided as a team this was what we wanted to do.”
Notes: Hanford’s Kendall Saueressig was the MCC’s bowler of the year. She had a top average of 189.11 through 28 games — easily outdistancing second place Daice Singer of Kennewick and her 170.21 average. Hanford will be joining Kennewick as a team today at the state 3A tournament. ... Madeline Richardson is the top Richland bowler with an average of 169.15. Her sister, Mekenzie Richardson averages 168.74. ... Pasco’s Veronica Martinez and Neydeen Martinez qualified as individuals for the 4A tournament. ... Teams and individuals will bowl six regular games today to determine individual champions. Those scores for the team race will count and carry over into Saturday’s competition, where teams will roll 14 Baker games.
Narrows Plaza Bowl, University Place
10 a.m. — Regular games 1-3
1:45 p.m. — Regular games 4-6
4 p.m. — Award ceremonies for individuals
8 a.m. — The start of 14 Baker games