If Matt Bell was a betting man, there's a good chance he'd put his Black Hills bowlers up against anyone.
With the season the Wolves have had – an 11-0 record and three bowlers among the top four averages in the 2A Evergreen Conference – there’s an excellent chance that the Wolves will be competitive today at the 4A/3A/2A District IV bowling tournament at Allen’s Crosley Lanes in Vancouver. The first round begins at 10:10 a.m.
“Now, the real season begins,” Bell said.
The Wolves have the most talented team in Bell’s six years at Black Hills, and is looking to win its second district title in four years.
The Wolves’ depth will be a key. Nicole Hayes (178.4 average), Samantha McDonell (162.7) and Soren Creamer (161.2) sport three of the EvCo’s top four averages, and three others – Alex Putzier, Taylor Swick and Ashley Aarts – have averages in the top 11.
“Everyone in the top seven is capable of bowling a 200 game,” Bell said.
Only Tumwater’s Leea Haworth was above them all with a 183.1 average, and won the league’s MVP honor for the third year in a row.
The 3A/2A combination in District IV will send three teams to state Feb. 4-5 at University Place’s Narrows Plaza Bowl, along with the top six individuals from other teams.
The district tournament features Black Hills, North Thurston, River Ridge and Tumwater from the 2A Evergreen Conference; Mark Morris and R.A. Long from the 2A Greater St. Helens League; Columbia River, Kelso, Mountain View, Fort Vancouver, Hudson’s Bay and Prairie, from the 3A Greater St. Helens League; and Battle Ground, Evergreen, Heritage, Skyview and Union from the 4A Greater St. Helens League.
Last year, Black Hills placed third at district behind Prairie and Mark Morris, and finished fifth at the state tournament. Mark Morris went on to win the 3A/2A state title, and finished this season with a 16-2 record.
“If we bowl like we have been lately, we’ll make it there,” Bell said. “It’s up to the girls to take care of business.”
The West Central 4A/3A/2A district tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bowlero Lanes. Timberline and Yelm will compete for one of four state berths in the 3A/2A tournament, and Shelton will battle in the 4A district meet.
SPRING SPORTS SURVIVE AT RAINIER
Instead of the possibility of eliminating spring sports this upcoming season at Rainier High School, the school district voted to adopt a “pay-to-play” policy Wednesday at a special school board meeting.
In addition to the “pay-to-play” policy, Rainier had to cut approximately $89,500 from its budget for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year because of recent legislative action affecting education. Dropping spring sports was one of 12 cost-saving items being considered.
Spring sports at Rainier, a Class 1A school, include fastpitch, baseball and boys and girls track and field.
NORTH THURSTON CLAIMS CHEER TITLE
North Thurston won its first cheerleading title Saturday at Everett’s Comcast Arena.
The Rams scored 210 points to win the 3A/2A co-ed title. Enumclaw finished second with 207 points, followed by Lynden (202) and Foss (175). This is the fourth year North Thurston had a competitive team, and it’s the team’s first state title.
‘The team’s hard work and dedication paid off in a big way,” North Thurston coach Jennie Jones said. “They represented their school and community well.”
Timberline placed eighth (176 points) in the non-tumbling small division, Shelton (192) was fourth in the medium division, and Chehalis (196) was sixth in the 1A/2A/3A small division.