With a quizzical look on her face, North Thurston High’s Cortnie Brathovd wound up one final time at the WIAA state girls bowling championships.
The ball left her hand smoothly and rotated back toward the pocket of 10 pins — but came up light. There would be no third consecutive strike to end her impressive prep career.
She dipped her head.
It was over.
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“My shots just weren’t going to carry,” the Rams senior said.
But the legacy at her school will. After being the Class 3A/2A runner-up in 2013 and finishing in sixth place last season, Brathovd would miss out on her final try for a state championship Friday at Narrows Plaza Bowl in Tacoma.
A championship contender after the morning session, Brathovd fell back to finish 17th.
Her six-game total of 1,054 pins was well back of state champion Megan Wittenberg (1,283) of Bremerton, who rolled a career-best series of 708 in the afternoon to pull away from the field.
“I just didn’t have a great season,” Brathovd said. “But I bowled better today than I had been.”
Bob Wienski, the Rams’ coach, said he was pleased with his team’s effort Friday. North Thurston was seventh in the team chase, more than 600 pins behind leader Columbia River.
The team competition wraps up Saturday morning with the 14-game Baker format.
“This year, this team … has been consistent,” Wienski said. “We played six great games. Their heads were in every game they played — just no real ups and downs.”
At that particular moment, he realized that his team captain — Brathovd — was devastated by the individual loss.
And that is when the coach got a little choked up.
“After today, it is going to be tough,” Wienski said. “She is our team leader. We are going to miss her next year.”
Rams teammate Larissa Sharwark (1,054) placed 21st, and Capital’s Madi Hawkins (960) was 27th in the 3A/2A/1A competition.
In 4A, Yelm’s LeeAnn McGill (1,043) placed 14th, and teammate Marissa Briggs (925) was 35th. Timberline’s Grace Utto-Galameau, a member of the Blazers’ state runner-up squad last season, was 39th with 878.