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Skyview’s Addy Case leans on mental game to capture 4A district bowling championship

Storm win seventh straight 4A district title; Evergreen claims 3A championship behind Bella Curry's individual title

By Will Denner, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 26, 2024, 6:46pm

In order to take a step toward long-term success, Addy Case first had to embrace taking a temporary step back.

Case, a junior on Skyview’s bowling team, made some significant changes to her game several months ago prior to the winter high school season, which included tweaking the span and pitch on her ball. When those adjustments didn’t immediately translate to better results, she remained patient.

“Definitely mental game has been my biggest thing, and trying to achieve not being put back by all these changes,” Case said.

Going through that process made Friday’s result in the 4A district tournament all the more satisfying. Case earned the 4A individual district championship with a 583 three-game series, helping lead Skyview to a seventh consecutive district title and trip to the 4A state championships, which will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Tukwila.

“I definitely took a step back, but I’m finally working toward progressing at getting better, again, and now it’s definitely showing, so I’m really excited,” said Case, who also won the district title in 2022 as a freshman.

In the 3A district tournament that took place simultaneously at Hazel Dell Lanes, Evergreen captured the team title on the strength of individual champion Bella Curry, who posted a 549 series, plus top-five finishes from Chloe Shove (509) and Savannah McMurtry (496). Evergreen (3,569 pins) and Prairie (3,523) both qualified for state as a team.

“It means so much, because we had a lot of new players this year and they were such a big support. They got good so fast,” Curry said.

For Skyview, Case and her teammates were buoyed by a strong afternoon in the baker games, highlighted by a 246 pin score in the sixth baker. The Storm started with five strikes, one from each bowler in the lineup: Abby Pine, Avery Henderson, Kaydree Rowland, Kasey Pine and Case. Abby Pine (556) and Henderson (536) joined Case in the top-five individual leaderboard.

The Storm have dedicated a lot of time to improving their bakers, according to Case, and hope it bodes well for them at state. Skyview won the 4A state title in 2022 and finished runner-up as a team last year.

“I’m so excited (for state) because I think we have so much potential this year and even next year. … I think we have something that not a lot of other teams have, which is our team chemistry. We’re all pretty tight (and) pretty close,” Case said.

Also in 4A, Camas’ Mercedez Gonzalez (558) finished second and teammate Abby Seth (523) took fifth to earn state individual berths.

Several Evergreen bowlers were overcome with emotion at the conclusion of the tournament when they learned they secured the 3A district title.

The Plainsmen won the 3A state championship last year before graduating a couple impactful seniors. Their reloaded team took a lot of pride in maintaining the program’s winning tradition under longtime coach Robin Bailey.

“It felt really good and good to make our coach proud,” Curry said. “We worked toward this all year.”

Prairie, which had two bowlers, Bella Hewes (525) Kasumi Crouse (513), finish in the top three, made a strong push for first place in the afternoon bakers.

The Falcons opened with games of 212, 139, 204 and 192 to make up more than 100 pins on the Plainsmen.

Sensing momentum was starting to shift, Bailey pulled her Evergreen bowlers aside for a quick huddle. Whatever was said seemed to help. Evergreen finished with games of 153 and 181 to hold on to first place.

“Couldn’t have done it without her,” Curry said. “We love Robin.”

Four individual bowlers also qualified for the 3A state championships: Heritage’s Emily Langevin (493), Kelso’s Paige Molyneux (489) and Mountain View’s Paisley Henderson (436) and Addie Simonsmeier (391).

4A DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP

At Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes

Team scores — 1, Skyview 4067; 2, Camas 3655; 3, Battle Ground 3250; 4, Union 2725. (Skyview advances to state.)

Top individuals — 1, Addy Case, Skyview (178-195-210) 583; 2, Mercedes Gonzalez, Camas (244-165-149) 558; 3, Abby Pine, Skyview (161-182-213) 556; 4, Avery Henderson, Skyview (200-161-175) 536; 5, Abby Seth, Camas (215-160-148) 523.

Team results

(*-individual state qualifiers)

SKYVIEW — Addy Case 583, Abby Pine 556, Avery Henderson 536, Kasey Pine (158-187-162) 507, Kaydree Rowland (149-141-178) 468. Baker total 1417.

CAMAS — Mercedes Gonzalez* 558, Abby Seth* 523, Kualani Kanekoa (168-160-159) 487, Sophia Blank (170-146-165) 481, Aleen Dhillon (157-149-161) 467.  Baker total 1139.

BATTLE GROUND — Emma Johnson (135-148-201) 484, Abigail Johnson (128-174-161) 463, Halina Ashford (147-134-167) 448, Makayle Lynch (98-164-161) 413, Emberly Stephenson (137-124-140) 401. Baker total 1041

UNION — Michala Dupree (178-118-125) 419, Michelle Zhao (154-119-128) 401, Ginjerlynn Dekarz (115-119-143) 377, Payton Millhollin (104-142-101) 347, Artemis Vazquez (114-97) 211, Sophia Alexander 106. Baker total 864.

3A DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP

At Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes

Team scores — 1, Evergreen 3569; 2, Prairie 3523; 3, Kelso 2810; 4, Mountain View 2658; 5, Heritage 2501. (Evergreen and Prairie advance to state.)

Top individuals — 1, Bella Curry, Evergreen (183-173-193) 549; 2, Bella Hewes, Prairie (167-199-159) 525; 3, Kasumi Crouse (151-211-151) 513; 4, Chloe Shove, Evergreen (190-145-174) 509; 5, Savannah McMurtry (132-164-200) 496.

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Team results

(*-individual state qualifiers)

EVERGREEN — Bella Curry 549, Chloe Shove 509, Savannah McMurtry 496, Zoey Mikkelsen (167-132-188) 487, Alissa Barber (127-175-153) 455. Baker total 1073.

PRAIRIE — Bella Hewes 525, Kasumi Crouse 513, Jennifer Cabusao (170-146-155) 471, Faith Ordway (149-121-145) 415, Lauren Bisson (106-124-127) 357. Baker total 1242.

KELSO — Paige Molyneux* (167-161-161) 489, Karmann Petrisor (112-149-11) 380, Layla Davenport (129-121-120) 370, Arianna Long (115-107-130) 352, Matt Applebury (133-96) 229, Allison Harms 76. Baker total 914.

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Paisley Henderson* (145-158-133) 436, Addie Simonsmeier* (162-109-120) 391, Brynn DeSantis (124-160-106) 390, Emmy Sampson (96-124-106) 326, Morgan Knox (105-108-100) 313. Baker total 802.

HERITAGE — Emily Langevin* (162-168-163) 493, Delilah Baranoff (148-95-134) 377, Alexis Fisher (114-116-140) 370, Kiley Park (114-135-109) 358. Baker total 903.

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Prairie’s Izabella Hewes, left, bowls Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, during the WIAA District 4 3A/4A championships at Hazel Dell Lanes.
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