Jan. 30, 2019 — The regular season for the Lady Vikings and Vikings bowling team came to an exciting finish over the weekend as they both competed at the Holiday Bowl in the District 4 championship tournament.
The Lady Vikings started things off on Saturday, bowling to defend their 2018 district tournament title. Siuslaw started out slow, but as the 20-game qualifying round went on, the Vikings improved their position to the second seed for the semifinals behind Cottage Grove, followed by North Bend in third place.
During the qualifying round, district regular-season MVP Faith Coday suffered a thumb injury while releasing the ball, but after evaluation continued to bowl.
In the semifinals, there were 10 baker-style games, where each team consists of five players who bowl two frames each. After eight games, Siuslaw held the top seed but fell to second in the 10th game and took the No. 2 seed heading into the finals. The finals round consisted of the top three teams after the 10-game stepladder qualifier, with the third-seed team bowling against the second seed — and the winner facing the number one seed for the championship.
Cottage Grove won the first match against the Lady Vikings, 140-153. With the chance to head into the championship, the Vikings out-bowled the Lions 155-135 in the second game to win the match with an overall pin count of 295-288.
This set up the match against North Bend for the District 4 title.
The Lady Vikings started out strong, this time winning the first game 152-109, taking a 43-pin lead heading into the final game. The deficit proved too much for the Lady Bulldogs as they fell 300-246 — with the Lady Vikings defending their district title.
Tournament All-Stars included MVP Kari Kendrick of Cottage Grove. Runner-up went to Siuslaw’s Faith Coday, third place went to Regan Foxworthy of North Bend, fourth place was Jordan Nelson of North Bend, and fifth place went to Aileenah Thanhardt of Willamette.
In the boys tournament 11 teams competed for the district championship on Sunday. Siuslaw was looking to get back to the state championship after missing out last year.
“With a lot of new faces on both teams it was a challenge all season for the coaches to mold the teams together,” said Siuslaw High School bowling coordinator Dusty Anderson.
In the 20-game qualifiers, the Vikings kept a steady pace by bowling very consistently throughout, according to Anderson. With 11 teams, the field was cut to the top six teams for the 10-game semifinals.
After 20 games, the Vikings were the fourth seed behind leader Willamette, followed by North Bend, Sheldon, fifth-place Marshfield and sixth-place Cottage Grove.
The Sheldon Irish started out bowling two games with a score of 245 to open the semifinals. But the Vikings kept a steady pace as they did in qualifying, slowly moving up the standings in hopes of make the top three teams that qualify for the finals.
After the 10-game seeding round, Siuslaw managed to make the top three, finishing as the No. 2 seed heading into the semifinals behind rival North Bend, and third-place Marshfield.
The Vikings faced Marshfield in a two-game series in the opening match of the championship round. In a back and forth game, Siuslaw out-paced Marshfield with a narrow 182-181 win. The second game was just as much of a nail biter, with Siuslaw edging out the Pirates by a single pin, 170-169.
With Siuslaw winning the series against Marshfield, the Viks moved on to bowl in the championship match against North Bend. Siuslaw got off to a strong start by winning the first game difinitively, 213-130. Facing a huge deficit going into the final game, North Bend battled back, winning the second game, 179-150.
However, the 29-point win wasn’t enough to overtake Siuslaw’s 363-308 total pin count as the Vikings claimed the District 4 title to complete a Siuslaw sweep.
Siuslaw’s Clay Kramer was named the Tournament All-Stars MVP.
The Oregon State bowling championship will take place at AMF Firebird Lanes in Salem, Feb. 22-24.