No longer a team struggling for more than one or two wins each season, Sequim High School's bowling squad is eyeing a chance to put its entire team into the state tournament.
To get there, says second year coach Randy Perry, is "consistency."
"We've got at least four girls who can average 150," Perry says. The key is making that the standard, he says, not the exception.
Despite a 5-10 mark in 2008-2009, last season was a breakthrough kind of year for Sequim's bowlers. Led by Perry, the league's coach of the year, the Wolves posted school records in total pins, individual series and individual game.
The Wolves also bowled their best against the best, posting their top three total pin scores against state 2A/3A runner-up Olympic.
The Wolves placed third at the league tournament but slipped to fourth at the district tournament - one place away from state - behind rival Klahowya.
Perry says his team is ready not only to place ahead of the Eagles but to challenge Olympic and Bremerton, two of the top five teams in the state's 2A/3A ranks.
Leading the way are four seniors and a junior. Senior sister tandem Alex and Samantha Whiteside join classmates Hope Haabala and Johanna Ewing in the starting rotation.
Alex Whiteside qualified for the state tournament and placed 52nd overall. Samantha Whiteside held the school record for a two-game series (339) heading into the season.
Ewing led the Wolves in series scoring in five matches last season.
Duce, the lone junior in the bunch, posted a team-record 191-pin game against Olympic last season.
"The top bowlers on this team, they listen," Perry says.
Seniors Lindsey Moore and Crystal Trammell provide capable back-ups while Lola Macia, an exchange student, has picked up the game rapidly and could help with depth, Perry says.
"They definitely want to go to state," Perry says, "(but) we've got to get our Baker games up."
While Sequim may not be able to hang with the likes of Olympic - "They've got girls who bowl year-round; we can't compete with that," Perry says - the Wolves may be able to knock off plenty of other teams in the league, such as Klahowya, North Mason, Peninsula and possibly Bremerton.
Olympic placed second in the state 2A/3A tourney last season, barely getting edged by West Valley (Yakima) in the end. At the state tourney last season, Bremerton was third and Klahowya took sixth.
Home matches are at Laurel Lanes in Port Angeles, a facility featuring new, synthetic lanes Perry says will help Sequim bowlers when they travel to district and state tourneys, since most of those lanes also are synthetic.
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