Bowling: Wolves fall just short of first team state tourney berth

Sequim High’s aspirations for a state bowling tournament berth — its first in program history — ended one placing and about 70 pins (out of more than 2,500) short.

The Wolves placed fifth out of eight competing teams from the North Puget Sound, South Puget Sound and Olympic leagues at the West Central District 1A/2A tournament in Tacoma on Jan. 27, one placing short of the team berth.

With 2,522 pins, Sequim — the Olympic League champion — racked up 2,522 pins in three regular games and four Bakers, finishing behind district champ Orting (2,933), Klahowya (2,787), Washington (2,595) and Steilacoom (2,591).

The Wolves started strong with a 715-pin first game, third-best in the openers, but slipped in games two and three. Sequim also posted a 173-pin second Baker game, tied for the best team mark in the tourney with Orting, but it wasn’t quite enough.

Former state competitor Nikoline Updike was Sequim’s top individual, placing 20th overall with 446 pins, missing the state cut by a few pins.

Teammate Morgan Kayser was 25th (426 pins), while Skylar Kryzworz was 35th (406); she had a team-high 160-pin game. Kimberly Heintz was 47th (376) and Victoria Nava was 59th (337). Also competing was Sequim’s Cooper Hiatt.