Puyallup bowlers finish sixth at state

Preps: Emerald Ridge's Elisa Couch captures seventh individually at Narrows Plaza

of the HeraldFebruary 12, 2014 

The Puyallup High School bowlers, a squad with three freshmen, three sophomores and one senior, placed sixth as a team on Saturday during the Class 4A state tournament at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.

Puyallup’s Christine Ginther finished in 16th individually, and Emma Newlander came in 23rd. As a team, the Vikings tallied 6,691 pins.

“The girls did an awesome job,” Puyallup head coach Anne Carpenter said. “They pushed each other and did what we needed to do.

“We are proud to represent our school and do as well as we did.”

The Vikings placed seventh last season.

Meanwhile, Elisa Couch of Emerald Ridge captured seventh individually and teammate Kenzie Lewis finished 32nd. Both will return next season.

“We only lose one bowler off this year’s team,” Jaguars head coach Al McCormack said. “We have the core of the team coming back next year and will have some good incoming freshmen. We’re pretty excited about our team going forward. We have a great opportunity to continue to be very competitive.”

McCormack said Couch and Lewis performed well.

“Elisa started off really well and finished really strong,” he said. “Kenzie was really happy to make it to state as an individual for the first time. She had never accomplished that before. She is making some great progress.”

Rogers bowler Alyssa Feller finished 31st individually.

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