Feb. 29, 2020 — Last weekend, the Siuslaw Lady Vikings bowling team recently competed at the Oregon State bowling tournament against 15 of the state’s best teams.
Unlike most other high school athletics competition, bowling is not classified by size of school, meaning that all qualifying schools, regardless of size, compete together for the state title.
This year, three teams from District 4 qualified for the state tournament this year, includng Siuslaw, Cottage Grove and Marshfield.
After 30 baker games of qualifying rounds — 24 on Saturday and six more early Sunday morning — the Lady Vikings came away with the No. 6 seed advancing into the head-to-head portion of the tournament.
In that round, any team losing two matches was eliminated.
Cottage Grove earned the second seed, with Marshfield earning the No. 3 seed — giving District 4 three of the top six qualifying positions.
In the double elimination tournament Sunday, the Lady Vikings squared off against Oregon City in the opening game. In a close two-game match, Siuslaw went on to defeat Oregon City 287-267.
Unfortunately in the next match, the Vikings had to face District 4’s Marshfield, which defeated Siuslaw 355-277.
The loss sent Siuslaw into the consolation bracket, with only one loss keeping them from elimination.
Ironically, the Vikings had to bowl against Oregon City once again, coming away with a second win, 300-277, to move on to the next round.
The Vikings’ next match was against Silverton, with Siuslaw coming out on top, 277-240.
Next, the Vikings had a re-match with Marshfield, providing the Lady Viks with a chance to move into the third-place match with a win over the Lady Pirates.
This time, Siuslaw was able to narrowly sink Marshfield, 320-310, earning them a spot in the match for third place against Mazama (Klamath Falls).
Siuslaw fell behind early, losing the first game 345-329.
However, in the finals match, Cottage Grove defeated Mazama (371-346), taking the state title and leaving Siuslaw in third place — meaning that three of the top four teams at state came from District 4 teams: Cottage Grove 1st place, Siuslaw 3rd and Marshfield 4th.
“What a great tournament for our district,” said Siuslaw coach Dusty Anderson.
In addition, the North Bend boys team finished 2nd overall.
Siuslaw was led by Elissa Hurley and Faith Coday, both of whom were named to the State All-Tournament Team.
Coday finished third overall and Hurley was voted first place on the All-Tournament Team and was named the state tournament MVP.
“Congratulations to Elissa and Faith on their great accomplishment during the tournament,” Anderson said.