TACOMA — Together and triumphant seem to be pretty consistent traits of the Timberline High School girls bowling team.
Led by the top-11 finish of Brooke Collins, Sydney Robertson and Jamie Moss, the Blazers will once again get a shot at winning a Class 3A/2A/1A state championship after their third-place finish at the West Central/North District championships Saturday at Pacific Lanes.
Last year, Timberline registered a school-best runner-up finish to Mark Morris at the state tournament at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place, where the event will reconvene Friday.
It will be the Blazers’ fifth consecutive trip to the state championships.
“We’ve been pretty consistent all year,” Timberline co-coach John Wilson said. “We dropped a little bit when we played Wilson and North Thurston (during 3A Narrows play), but they also stepped up.”
The Blazers placed third in the regular season behind league champion Wilson and in-district rival North Thurston but resurfaced last week by capturing the league’s postseason tournament title.
And on Saturday, they were part of a pack — with district champion Bremerton (3,150 pins) and Olympic (3,129) — that broke away from the field after the individual-game portion of the tournament.
Fourth-place Wilson surged in the middle of the Baker team format, but the Blazers (3,078) did just enough to hold off the Rams (3,025). The top three schools advanced to state.
“What is nice is a girl can struggle, or two girls can struggle, and the others will pick it up,” the Blazers’ Wilson said. “They support each other. Nobody gets down on anybody else, and I love that about this team.”
Collins was Timberline’s top finisher, placing sixth with a three-game pinfall of 531. Robertson was 10th with 515, and Moss was right behind at 505.
North Thurston’s Cortnie Brathovd was one of six individuals to qualify for the state tournament.
The Rams’ junior finished tied for third place with a 537 series, 32 pins behind district champion Ashlyn Jamrog of Olympic. Brathovd also recorded the second-highest game (203), behind Jamrog’s 219.
“Just to make it through was my main goal,” said Brathovd, who holds a 181-pin average and bowls out of Aztec Lanes in Lacey. “Winning it would have been even better.”
Yelm’s Crystal Ingram was also a state individual qualifier. She nabbed the eighth and final spot in Class 4A with a 477 series.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 todd.milles@ thenewstribune.com