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Red-hot finish earns R.A. Long’s Lily Mattison state bowling title

Senior concludes with three straight games 217 or better

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: January 31, 2024, 9:09pm

Lily Mattison’s day just kept getting better.

After opening the Class 2A/1A state bowling tournament with a 110, the R.A. Long senior found herself near the back of the pack Wednesday in Tukwila.

Mattison followed that opening game with scores of 173 and 160, leaving her still well off the pace at the midway mark.

From then on, nobody in the 66-girl field was more dialed in. Mattison closed with 220, 217 and 226 on a day when just seven games of 200 or higher were rolled.

That made Mattison the Class 2A individual state champion, an amazing feat for a bowler who didn’t finish in the top 10 at last Friday’s district tournament.

Mattison’s score of 1,106 was two pins better than teammate Ava Rodman, who posted the highest game Wednesday when she rolled 234 in the second round.

Fellow Lumberjill Jade Walters placed fourth, helping R.A. Long enter Thursday’s baker games in first place with 909 pins.

Fort Vancouver, which secured its first team berth to state since 2014, is in second place 103 pins behind R.A. Long. The Trappers got a fifth-place finish from Lacey McHan (1,023) and a sixth-place finish from Lilly Peschka (1,020).

Skyview’s Case places sixth in 4A

Skyview junior Addy Case placed sixth in the Class 4A tournament.

The district champion was among the leaders after rolling 207 in the second game and 214 in the third. But a 156 in the fourth game and 163 in the final game saw Case fall back.

Case finished with 1,085 pins in a close competition that saw just 13 pins separate second through sixth place.

Ada Querin of West Valley-Yakima was the winner with a score of 1,156.

Skyview is fifth out of eight teams entering Thursday’s baker games. Kasey Pine finished 27th and Kaydree Rowland 30th.

The Class 3A tournament gets underway Thursday. Perennial state power Evergreen is looking for its second consecutive state title and its sixth since 2017.

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