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Wolves bowl over Bulldogs
That may not be Sequim bowling team's motto, but it sure worked against an overmatched North Mason squad last week.
Coming off a tough loss to Klahowya on Tuesday, Sequim players asked coach Randy Perry to buy them french fries if they bowled their best series against the Bulldogs of North Mason on Thursday afternoon, even without one of their top players (Breanna Krumpe).
Sure enough - thanks in part to a 182-pin game from Samantha Whiteside and 160 pins from Kim Duce, her best game to date - the Wolves knocked off North Mason 720-517. And Perry forked over the fries.
Johanna Ewing, who's 15th in the league with a 147 game average, had a 302-pin series to back up Whiteside's 339 pins. Alex Whiteside chipped in with 277 pins while Duce, bowling with a new ball, racked up 264 pins.
Anisa Adams led North Mason (0-8) with a 244-pin series.
Perry said the Sequim squad (3-5) is staying competitive this season thanks to fine-tuning their approaches.
"It's timing, 100 percent," Perry said. "(It's) walking up there, getting to the line when they're supposed to. Everyone is slowing down a lot. Timing and being a lot more consistent on their first balls."
With patience and poise,
Sequim's averages are rising per game, series and match. Now Perry hopes to raise the stakes in the so-called Baker-format games, where each of the five varsity bowlers bowls two games in a 10-frame game.
That, he said, will help
Sequim battle the league's top teams, Olympic and Bremerton, whom they challenge this week.
"We may be able to sneak up a bit on them," Perry said. "We can sneak some points out of them. Our next goal is 750 (in a game)."
Eagle helps team fend off Wolf attack
What a difference one bowler can make.
Carys Bailey single-handedly kept Klahowya from getting upset by the upstart Sequim Wolves last week, bowling a remarkable 502-pin series - including a 257-pin second game - in a 7-0 victory in Port Angeles Dec. 9.
The Klahowya junior came into the match with the Olympic League's second-best game average with 174, 11 pins behind Bremerton senior Ariel Wagg. But Bailey more than made up for it against the Wolves, posting 245 pins in a 716-645 first game win.
"She pretty much carried their entire team," Perry said. "Our girls are pretty upset because they know our top four can beat their (other) four girls. I definitely want ... revenge."
Klahowya downed the Wolves 742-647 in the second game and took both Baker games for the sweep.
Ewing led Sequim with a 299 series, 157 pins coming in the second game. Alex Whiteside bowled a 291 series while Krumpe knocked down 251 pins.
The Wolves' combined series average for the game (258.4) would have topped any Klahowya bowler except Bailey.
Sequim hasn't beaten the Silverdale squad since the 2005-2006 season, when they beat the Eagles twice in two meetings.