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Sequim trio is headed to state

Three Sequim High bowlers are on their way to the state 2A/3A meet on Feb. 5 after strong performances at the West Central District meet in Tacoma last week.

The Wolves finished fifth among six teams, missing a state berth for the entire SHS squad by two places.

But Kim Duce and sisters Alex and Sam Whiteside placed in the top six individuals among non-state-qualifying teams, punching their ticket to their sport's prep finale at Tacoma's Narrows Plaza Bowl on Friday.

"I was pretty happy; all three (qualifying bowlers) were real consistent," Sequim coach Randy Perry said.

The 3A Olympic Trojans took top honors at the district tournament Saturday with 3,196 pins, followed by Timberline at 2,962 pins.

In a bit of an upset, Klahowya earned the district's third and final berth to state, supplanting perennial powerhouse Bremerton, which finished fourth.

Last season, Bremerton finished third at the state 2A/3A state meet and had several returning players from that team in 2010.

"They were just out of it," Perry said. "They had a really, really bad day."

Sequim was fifth with 2,786 pins, followed by North Thurston in sixth. The Wolves had a hold on fourth place for much of the tourney but slipped a bit in later games.

Klahowya's Carys Bailey was the top individual bowler at districts with a three-game, 543-pin series for an average of 181 pins per game. Bremerton's Shannara Harkinson was second with 538 pins.

Duce was sixth overall with 523 pins in her three games. She was the No. 2 individual among nonstate teams. Teammate Sam Whiteside was fifth and Alex Whiteside was sixth.

"I don't think they get rattled easily," Perry said of his state tourney-bound bowlers. "I think they're going to be ready."

Not making the state cut but bowling well for Sequim were teammates Hope Haabala, Lola Macia and Sage Brown.

Alex Whiteside qualified for last year's state tourney (along with teammate Breanna Krumpe) and placed 52nd overall.



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.



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