WR girls earn trip to district bowling tourney

The state tourney will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at Narrows Plaza in Tacoma.

Maddie Firle is about to roll at a Jan. 8 match at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, White River’s home lanes. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Maddie Firle is about to roll at a Jan. 8 match at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, White River’s home lanes. Photo by Kevin Hanson

The White River High girls bowling team is headed to district competition, thanks to a second-place showing at the Jan. 18 league tournament.

White River trailed only Franklin Pierce in the South Puget Sound League tourney at Pacific Lanes.

The effort was sparked by a 211 rolled by Dakota Farrer. It was a personal record for the Hornet senior and the best game in the two-year history of the White River High bowling program.

Saturday’s district tournament will feature the top five teams from the SPSL, three from the Olympic League and two from the north end of the district. The district tourney will bring a return trip to Pacific Lanes.

The district tournament will send five full teams to the state tourney, along with the top 10 individuals who are not part of state-qualifying squads.

The state tourney will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at Narrows Plaza in Tacoma. If White River qualifies, the Hornets would bowl Feb. 1 and 2.

White River coach Peggy Jacobsen will take her entire eight-girl squad to districts. She’ll start with the core group of Peyton Wallen, Marissa Dolson, Morgan Smith, Rylee Goetz and Farrer; because of the number of games to be bowled, she may insert an alternate or two into the rotation.

A year ago, during their inaugural season, the Hornets did not advance to district play. The program was represented though, by Farrer, who qualified individually for both the district and state tournaments.

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