The Sehome and Squalicum girls’ bowling teams wrapped up their season as the teams’ final two bowlers competed at the Class 2A/3A State Bowling Championships on Friday, Feb. 6, at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.
Squalicum’s Cortney Coppinger finished 29th with a point total of 955 and a high score of 185.
Six rounds were bowled today, twice as many as the normal three during the regular season.
“It was really crowded,” Squalicum/Sehome coach Erin Furda said in a phone interview. “It was a huge bowling alley that was absolutely packed with teams from 4A to 2A. We’re literally standing down there shoulder to shoulder, so I was looking for anything I could say that would help.”
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Morgan Henry, Sehome’s lone representative, bowled a 740 for the day, with a high of 158. Henry finished 49th overall.
“I feel like for both girls, making it to state was a great accomplishment,” Furda said. “And then being there confirmed that. Being in that group of bowlers was exciting and validating for what they accomplished. It was fun and challenging. We made sure to stay for awards, and we cheered on some of the teams we’ve gotten to know this year, like Everett.”
It was a new experience for both bowlers and coach, in terms of the enormity of the event and in the level of competition.
“It’s always challenging to go to a bowling alley you haven’t been to before with new oil patterns and so forth, so I was proud of both of them for constantly self-assessing and making adjustments,” Furda said. “Today was the only time we bowled six games, so a lot of bowling, and that changes the lane and the oil on it. The dryer they get, that can be a challenge, but they did a good job making adjustments.”