Feb. 5, 2020 — The high school district bowling tournament concluded Sunday, Jan. 26, at Firs Bowl in Eugene.
The tournament consisted of 20 baker games of qualifying, with the field cut to the top six teams for 10 additional baker games for the semifinals — with the scores from the previous 20 qualifier games erased and all six teams back at zero. From there, the top three teams for boys and girls qualify to advance to the state championships.
With the regular season over, next comes the regular season All-Stars. For the Siuslaw girls, Elissa Hurley and Faith Coday were named to the All-Star team, with Clay Kramer named to the boys’ team. Coday was also named the regular season MVP.
The Lady Vikings started the tournament very slow. But after 20 baker games, the team worked its way back to be the second seed for the semifinals round.
Meanwhile, the Viking boys, unlike the Lady Vikings, came out strong in the qualifying round. The team kept bowling well through all 20 games of qualifying, taking a second seed into the semifinals.
“In the semifinals, the Lady Vikings were off their games for most of the tournament,” said program coordinator and coach Dusty Anderson. “With the struggles they were having, the girls were on the verge of not making the state tournament in many years.”
But with only two games left in qualifying, the Siuslaw girls bowled two of their best games, overtaking Willamette for the third spot in the finals. From there, they went on to secure a spot at the state tournament later this month.
“As bad a day the Lady Vikings had, it is good to know they can struggle and still have good things happen,” Anderson said.
For the boys, the good bowling continued through the semifinals. Though North Bend was running away from the field, the Vikings had their sights on a second or third place finish to again have a place at the state tournament.
With two games remaining, Siuslaw still trailed by 10 pins to get secure third place — eventually falling just two pins short of a spot at the state tourney after finishing fourth.
With only three returning bowlers from last year’s team, boys coach Kathy Anderson said “The improvement shown by the boys’ team was incredible. It’s too bad it didn’t lead to a state tournament spot, but I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”
The boys team returns its entire roster next year, while the girls graduate only one bowler — all of which bodes well for Siuslaw’s bowling program.
The district tournament also had a district tournament All-Tournament team. For the boys, Clay Kramer narrowly missed out on the five-person team, finishing in eighth place. For the girls, two members made the five-person roster, including Elissa Hurley (second-place finisher) and Faith Coday, who was voted district MVP for the tournament.
Coday finished fourth in the regular season and first place on the All-Tournament team, as well as received the district MVP award.
— Submitted by Dusty Anderson