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Bearcats Capture First-Ever District Bowling Title

By The Chronicle

The wait is no more.

After steamrolling opponents all winter long, W.F. West girls bowling can finally add ‘district champions’ to its long list of accomplishments

The Bearcats (15-0) stayed undefeated by outdistancing Columbia River 3,997 to 3,732 and claim their first district title in program history here at Fairway Bowling Center on Friday.

Freshman Piper Chalmers, who entered with a team-high 196 average, was the top individual Bearcat, finishing second with a 594. Brianna Powe was fifth with 550, Kelsey Stritmatter 11th at 510 and Ellie Bunker 12th with 509.

“Piper and Brianna were solid all day,” W.F. West assistant coach Rich Bunker said. “The entire team had the packed Fairway Bowling Center rocking when they all got hot at the same time in the bakers, making it no contest at the end.”

After three games, W.F. West led Columbia River by a narrow 10 pins heading into the lunch break. But the Bearcats came tearing into the afternoon session, blasting the nine other teams across seven baker games. The Bearcats broke the baker game school record twice with back-to-back 248 and 254 games to secure the title.

Columbia River at second and R.A. Long at third (3,421) each qualified for state as teams.

W.F. West head coach Don Bunker said he was proud of how the team supported each other throughout the grueling day. “When they all got hot, they were on fire,” Don said.

W.F. West girls bowling, in just its third year in existence, completed its first undefeated regular-season campaign and captured its first-ever conference championship last week. The Bearcats run included wins over defending state champion Mark Morris and 2019 runnersup Black Hills.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this group,” JV coach Bob Spahr said. “They work very hard every day, began as beginners only three years ago and have evolved as a favorite to win a state championship. We have all worked very hard to get where we are and I couldn’t be prouder.”

W.F. West, which placed third at state last season, will look to keep its historic season going as it heads to the 1A/2A state tournament at the Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place, Washington on Feb. 6 and 7.

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