The Battle Ground girls bowling stayed on top in the state, and this year the Tigers were better than ever.
Battle Ground rolled to its second consecutive Class 4A state girls bowling team title finishing with a two-day score of 8,052. The Tigers easily outdistanced second-place Cascade of Everett by 860 pins. Evergreen finished sixth with 6,756. The Battle Ground girls were comprised of A.J. Schock, Wylicia Faley, Makayla Thompson, Kim Martin, Bailee Standley, Layne Pound and Cassie Huit.
“We won (the 4A title) last year, and this year’s team is by far better,” Battle Ground coach Harold Lysne told the Tacoma News Tribune. “All of them are back next year.”
Schock and Faley both had top five finishes in Friday’s individual portion of the state tournament in University Place outside of Tacoma. The Tigers followed that up with a dominating performance in the baker games on Saturday.
Last year, Battle Ground won the state title with a pin total of 7,716, outdistancing Emerald Ridge of Puyallup by 267 pins.
Mark Morris made it another Southwest Washington sweep, by defending its 3A/2A team title by 120 pins over Timberline of Lacey. R.A. Long finished third.
1A sub-regional — Stevenson’s Jacob Schneider and La Center’s Alex Meza won individual titles at the meet at Castle Rock. Castle Rock won the meet, while Woodland placed fourth.
Schneider won at 145 pounds, while Meza won at 220. La Center’s Dustin Veysey (138) and Gabe Bunker (160) were runners-up.
Girls — Washougal had four individual champions en route to placing second as a team in the sub-regional meet at La Center.
Kelso won with 201 points, followed by Washougal (191) and Battle Ground (118).
Washougal got individual titles from Tara Duey (112), Sara Sanchez (124), Erin Locke (130) and Katelyn Purkeypyle (235).
Other local winners included Quinn O’Bryant of Prairie (100), Battle Ground’s Vanessa Carlson (155), Kearsten Williams of Mountain View (170), and Mixtly Simon of Battle Ground (190).
4A district — Nicole Moss won the bars, beam and all-around title as Heritage captured the team crown at the Class 4A district meet at VEGA North on Saturday.
With the win, Heritage earned a trip to state as a team. The Timberwolves edged out Union 168.5-165 for the title.
Moss won the beam with an 9.4 and the bars with a 9.6. She beat out teammate Britni Atwell for all-around honors. Moss won with 38.15 over Atwell’s 37.55.
Atwell won the vault with a mark of 9.7 and the floor exercise with a 9.75.
Union’s Jazmin Harris placed third in the overall (36.35), followed by Camas’ Jasmin Karlous (35.55) and Heritage’s Brooke Atwell (34.9).
3A district — Columbia River outdistanced Capital of Olympia to win the 3A/2A district team title 164.15-150.25 on Friday night at Naydenov.
River’s Shaylan Hawthorne placed second in the all-around (34.15) followed by teammate Katie Zink (34.10).
River’s Haylee Castro won the floor (9.35) and was fifth in the all-around (33.075).
Prairie’s Lexi Bottomley won the vault (9.35).