The Timberline Blazers ended Wilson’s 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 earned their fourth consecutive trip to state as a team after winning the 4A/3A Narrows League regular-season title. The state tournament is Feb. 1-2 at Narrows Plaza Bowl.
Timberline’s 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’s 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.
North Thurston will have a pair of individuals competing at state – Sarah Pagel (531) and Cortnie Brathovd (526). Shelton will send Lindsey Cox to state after she finished third overall (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 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 Thurston’s individual winners. Timberline’s Peter Emmons won the 500 free (5:12.42), and Shelton’s John Pentony won the diving (326.65 points).
The Rams advanced 15 swimmers to the West Central District III championship meet Feb. 8 and 9 at Hazen High.
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. He also finished second in the 200 IM (2:06.63).
Olympia’s Tim Ward had a second-place time in the 100 backstroke (58.26).