Winter sports preview: SHS bowling squad aims for districts

Sequim High bowling

Head coach: Randy Perry (11th year)

2017-2018 record: 2-10, 2-8 in Olympic League (fifth place); two bowlers to districts

Top returning players: Porter Funston (sr.), Trinity Henderson (so.), Britney Bergman (NA)

Key newcomers: Madison Murphy (sr.), Morgan Drollinger (sr.), Cadence Puhrmann (fr.), Gabreilla Mattern-Hall (fr.), Madison Mckeown (fr.), Samantha White (jr.)

Sequim’s bowling program is in rebuilding mode after losing all but one of its squad from last year’s team.

Senior lefty Porter Funston is the top returnee for 11th-year coach Randy Perry’s team that kicked off its season on Nov. 1.

Some early-season illnesses and scheduling issues have thrown a proverbial wrench in the Wolves’ league standing — Sequim has dropped five of six to start the year — but Perry said he sees some potential with the group.

“By January, if I get my top girls together we can possibly get to districts,” he said.

Last season Funston and fellow junior Quinn Danielson bowled their way to strong marks at the Olympic League tournament to qualify for districts. Funston placed 18th overall at the league tourney with a 325-pin, three-game series.

At districts, Funston bowled a 338-pin series, with her best of 114 coming in her final game, while Danielson came within a dozen pins of qualifying for state with a 408-pin series.

As a team, Sequim finished 2-10 last season and was fifth out of five teams at the league tourney.

Funston is bowling a bit better than last year, Perry said.

“I expected her to be 130s to 150s,” he said.

The Sequim coach said freshman Madison Mckeown has some experience and may bolster the Wolves’ top five.

“I expect her to bowl 110s to 130s, maybe even more if she gets rolling,” he said.

Trinity Henderson is a returning bowler while fellow senior Madison Murphy also has some potential, Perry said.

At 6-0, Klahowya is dominating early-season action in league play while Olympic is 4-2.

Looking ahead

The Wolves host Klahowya on Dec. 6 and North Mason on Dec. 11. Sequim is at Klahowya on Dec. 13 before finishing the league slate with two home matches: Jan. 8 against Olympic and Jan. 10 against Bremerton.

The Olympic League tourney is set for Jan. 17 in Silverdale.