The Timberline Blazers ended Wilsons two-year reign as girls bowling district champions after totaling 3,348 pins to win the 3A/2A West Central District III team title Saturday at Pacific Lanes in Tacoma. The Blazers earn an automatic berth to the state bowling tournament Feb. 1-2 at Narrows Plaza Bowl.
Timberlines Brooke Collins (557 total pins, 225 in Game 3) and Bernadine Dale (554) had the fourth- and fifth-best individual totals of the day. Everett freshman Candice Goldfinch (656) was the individual champion. The top four teams and top eight individuals on non-state qualifying teams advance to state. In addition to Timberline, Bremerton (3,274), Wilson (3,072) and Olympic (3,025) earn team berths to state.
Individually, North Thurston will send a pair of bowlers to state Sarah Pagel (531) and Cortnie Brathovd (526). Sheltons Lindsey Cox finished third overall individually, rolling a 541.
North Thurston dominated the 3A Narrows League championship meet Friday night at Mount Tahoma High School, scoring 360 team points, more than 100 points over runner-up Wilson (256). Timberline (201) and Shelton (181) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the seven-team 3A meet.
The Rams won six events, including all three relays. Their winning time of 1 minute, 44.98 seconds in the 200 medley relay was .28 seconds away from a 3A state qualifying time. Connor Ridgeway (100 breaststroke, 1:06.29), Tyler Ridgeway (100 butterfly (59.48) and Scott Harn (50 free, 22.63) were North Thurstons individual winners. Timberlines Peter Emmons captured the 500 free (5:12.42), and Sheltons John Pentony won the diving (326.65).
The Rams advance 15 swimmers to the West Central District III championship meet Feb. 8 and 9 at Hazen High School in Renton.
In the 4A division of the Narrows League meet, Olympia finished second with 290 team points behind first-place Gig Harbor (339). The Bears won the 200 medley relay (1:46.02) and had an individual champion in sophomore Garrett Carson, who won the 100 butterfly with a state-qualifying time of 55.25 seconds and also finished second in the 200 IM (2:06.63). Olympias Tim Ward also had a second-place time in the 100 backstroke (58.26).