Boys third, girls 9th at state bowling


The Siuslaw boys and girls bowling teams competed in the annual state bowling championship tournament held at KingPin Lanes in Portland Feb. 25 and 26.
   The Vikings were among the 32 best teams from around the state, with 16 teams competing in both the girls and boys divisions.
   In Saturday's qualifying round, each team bowled 24 baker games before returning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday to bowl six additional games to decide the seeding for the double elimination semifinals . After the 30 games, the Viking boys team was the No. 12 seed and the girls team landed the No. 4 seed headed into the finals.
   The lady Vikings started the double elimination tournament by bowling 12th-seeded McKay High School. A narrow, 2-pin loss by Siuslaw put the girls team into the consolation bracket for a chance at third place.
   Meanwhile, the boys opened the double elimination round against district rival North Bend. The Vikings were able to avenge a tough district loss to the Bulldogs by defeating them in the finals.
   In the second round of competition for the Lady Vikings decisively defeated Oregon City by 19 pins, earning them a chance back into the finals. To do that, they first needed to beat No. 1 seed Henley.
   Unfortunately, Siuslaw was stung by the Hornets, who went on to win the state title.
   The Lady Viks finished 9th overall.
   On the boys side, after defeating the Bulldogs, the Vikings went on to beat Molalla before falling to McNary which dropped Siuslaw into a consolation rematch with North Bend.
   Siuslaw managed a second consecutive win over the Bulldogs, which advanced Siuslaw into a two-game matchup with South Medford.
   After losing the first game, the Vikings were able to overcome a deficit for the win and a rematch with rival McNary for third place.
   Again the Vikings had to overcome a deficit after the first game but made a big charge in the game two to bring home the third place trophy.
   Mazama was the defending champion winning for the second straight year.
   "This was a great tournament and season for both the boys and girls teams," said bowling coordinator and girls team coach Dusty Anderson. "With no seniors on the tournament teams, the Vikings will be strong again next year.
   "There will also be some middle school bowlers adding to the teams next season."

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