Madison Crockett wanted to win, of course, but she was not consumed by winning. Not this year, anyway.
"If I do it this year, I do it. If I don't, I'll always have next year," said Crockett, a junior from Skyview High School.
Rest of All-Region team
Porsche Chartrand, sr., Camas: 4A district champion placed eight at 4A state tournament.
Stacey Dettling, sr., Evergreen: 4A district runner-up placed 10th at 4A state tournament.
Wylicia Faley, jr., Battle Ground: Former 4A state champion placed fifth at state tournament.
Melissa Henry, jr., Evergreen: First team all-4A GSHL, fifth at district, top 20 at state.
Alex Lanning, jr., Mountain View: First-team all-3A GSHL pick placed sixth at 3A state tourney.
Adrianne Schock, so., Battle Ground: Placed fourth at state, aiding Tigers to state team title.
Next year? Whatever. Crockett got it done this year, winning the Class 4A state bowling championship in early February with a record score. She finished her six games with a score of 1,324, an average of just more than 220 per game. It was the highest score in the seven-year history of the state individual championship.
"It's mind-blowing. It was awesome. I loved it," she said last week, just thinking of the victory and then the response from friends and loved ones after the event.
She returned to school from the weekend championship on a Monday to see her name on the marquee outside of Skyview High School. At lunch, there was an quick ceremony to honor her accomplishment.
"Everybody was happy for me," she said. "I just felt it was my time to shine."
Her time to shine has been extended. With her state title, The Columbian has named Crockett the All-Region bowler of the year.
"Bowling is almost my life," Crockett said. "Other than school, it takes up almost all my time, my weekends. The only sport I really love doing is bowling. It takes over, and it gets a life of its own. It's a new challenge every single game."
Now 16, Crockett began bowling when she was 8. It was when she was 11 or 12 when it hit her that she could be really good at this game, but only if she worked at it. Like a lot of athletes in every sport, motivation came from a tough defeat.
She lost a one-on-one battle against a colleague in a tournament, someone she knew she should have beaten.
"I should already be at the next level, and I wasn't there yet," Crockett said. "It really opened my eyes that I needed to work harder to improve."
That loss years ago put her on a path to a championship, and she earned the title a year ahead of schedule.
MADISON CROCKETT, Skyview
- Set a record at the 4A state championships by posting a score of 1,324 in her six games.
- Took third at the 4A district tourney, reaching her goal of making it to state.
- Continued an amazing run for Southwest Washington bowlers. Crockett became the fourth bowler from Clark County to win a state title in the seven years the WIAA has sanctioned individual titles in the sport.
More about Madison
- Wants to major in computer science or Information Technology.
- Most inspriational people: “My parents (Karen and Daniel). “They’ve been there through the bad times and the good. I gotta thank them for that.”
- Favorite books: The Goosebumps series. “So creepy.”
- Favorite subject: Math.
- Favorite movies: “Immortals” and “The Nightmare before Christmas.”
- Favorite music: Alternative, with “Arcade Fire” as her favorite band.
Next year and beyond
“Do it again. I want to win state again. As an individual, or as a team.”
“I love high school bowling. I meet new people every year. I love the feeling when my teammates watch me. ‘You bowl so well. Can you teach me?’”
Madison Crockett, Skyview junior