Winter sports preview: Wolves bowlers eye third district playoff spot

With the closure of Sequim’s only bowling alley in June, SHS’s bowling squad hits the road to Port Angeles’ Laurel Lanes when they need to practice their pin-dropping, and not just for their official league matches.

As Sequim High School bowling coach Randy Perry talks with sophomore Dakota Henderson (at left)

As Sequim High School bowling coach Randy Perry talks with sophomore Dakota Henderson (at left)

Call it Sequim’s home away from home.

With the closure of Sequim’s only bowling alley in June, SHS’s bowling squad hits the road to Port Angeles’ Laurel Lanes when they need to practice their pin-dropping, and not just for their official league matches.

Sequim head coach Randy Perry says though that doesn’t help for the first part of the season, it may pay off in the end.

“It hurts — I can’t just throw a couple of extra practices together,” Perry said. “(But) to be able to bowl on these lanes … and being able to work with them is huge. I don’t want them to get burned out (early on).”

With expected returnees Karli Furguson and Erin Vig not on the squad this winter, the Wolves look to returnees Kaitlyn Jackson and Tenille Tosland, both seniors, for the Wolves’ playoff push.

“Both (Kaitlin and Tenille) are very capable of throwing 150s, 160s,” Perry says.

Add to the mix senior Amanda Campbell and sophomore Dakota Henderson, and Sequim looks capable of challenging for the league’s third district playoff berth. Henderson tallied a 200-pin game in her first match the season while Campbell bowled a pair of 150s.

Perry said his varsity six is set, with seniors Judy Villella and Jayme McIntyre filling out the promising roster.

They’ll help Sequim take on a pair of traditionally tough teams in the Olympic League. Bremerton is coming off a state championship season but lost key bowlers from last year’s title squad. Klahowya is good but beatable, Perry says, while Sequim traditionally has had North Mason’s number: In 2013, Sequim went 3-9, with all three wins coming against the Bulldogs.

“We can compete with them and have fun,” Perry said of Klahowya and North Mason.

And then there’s Olympic. The Trojans already have flexed some muscle early on, sweeping aside Bremerton and tallying games in the 900s.

While a top-two finish may be out of reach for the Wolves, Perry says Sequim has a good chance of keeping pace with Klahowya for that third spot. On Nov. 18, Klahowya edged Sequim 4-3.

Sequim was slated to take on North Mason on Nov. 25 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves (1-2) are in Silverdale on Dec. 2 to take on Klahowya.

 

 

Sequim High School bowling preview

Head coach: Randy Perry (7th year)

2014-2015 record: 3-9, two players to district tournament

Top returning players: Tenille Tosland, Kaitlyn Jackson

Newcomers: Dakota Henderson, Amanda Campbell, Judy Villella, Jayme McIntyre, Molly Braaten, Linda Rodgers, Hailee Smith, Rachel Campbell, Zoe Isenberger

Key remaining matches: Dec. 2 at Klahowya, Dec. 4 vs. Bremerton, Dec. 11 vs. Olympic, Jan. 6 at Bremerton, Jan. 15 vs. Klahowya



 

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