Rachel Bittner became River Ridge’s first bowler to qualify for state after rolling a 592 series at Friday’s 3A/2A District IV championships. The state bowling tournament is Feb. 7-8 at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place. Bittner, who rolled a 212-202-178 over three games at Vancouver’s Crosley Bowl, is South Sound’s only state qualifier. Columbia River (3,915 pins) won the district team title. The top three teams and top six individuals not on state-bound teams advance to state. Rounding out the state-bound teams were Fort Vancouver (3,816) and R.A. Long (3,741). Black Hills, led by Alex Putzier’s 482, finished seventh (2,120), followed by Capital (2,042) and River Ridge (1,956). Capital, in its first year of girls bowling, was led by Sammy Williamson’s 467. Mark Morris’ Caitlyn Heltemes (637) won the individual title.
Regular-season 3A Narrows League champion North Thurston took second at the league’s boys swimming championships at Mount Tahoma High School, finishing with 287 points to Wilson’s 344. Shelton (225) and Timberline (202) were third and fourth. North Thurston had three individual champions — Tanner Holmes (diving), Connor Ridgeway (100-yard breaststroke) and Lucas Johnson (100 backstroke) — and won the 200 medley relay.
Olympia, led by Andrew Wright’s first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, finished third in the 4A Narrows League boys swimming championships with 223 points behind Gig Harbor (434) and Stadium (251).
Rachel Fenton paced Capital with 13 points in its 55-52 loss to Centralia in 2A Evergreen Conference girls basketball.
South Kitsap dropped Olympia into a third-place tie in the 4A Narrows League at 6-4 with a 59-33 victory over the Bears. Jona Spiller paced Olympia with eight points.
North Thurston’s 59-29 win over Shelton keeps the Rams (5-5 3A Narrows League) in fourth place.
Mitch Fettig had a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds, but Olympia lost to South Kitsap, 66-61, and fell to 4-6 in 4A Narrows League boys basketball.
Brandell Evans’ 28 points led Timberline to an 80-63 win over Mount Tahoma. The Blazers are third in the 3A Narrows League.