Bearcats Defeat Highclimbers at Westside


At a chilly Westside Lanes in Olympia the W.F. West Bearcat bowling team continued their unbeaten streak by defeating the Shelton Highclimbers 1902 total pins to 1286 total pins. 

"Our coaching staff was proud of our team's performance tonight,” coach Don Bunker said. “We don't often have to battle the elements inside but we started the match at 62 degrees which had a negative effect on the oil and overall lane conditions. 

The Bearcats were led by senior Clara Bunker who averaged 182 for the match. 

"We needed a strong performance from Clara tonight,” assistant coach Cassandra Chalmers said. “She delivered with her usual consistent and clutch bowling that we have come to expect over the last four years.”

Bearcat anchor Piper Chalmers shot 182 and 162 games to contribute to the Bearcat victory. 

"It was a tough night for Piper, but I was very proud of her composure and leadership during the match,” Bunker said. “She was positive and supportive of her teammates which had a big part in our victory tonight.”

Chalmers is leading the EvCo averaging over 217 for the Bearcats this season.

In game one, the Cats got out to a big lead behind Tyran Ozretich's 170, Clara Bunker's 180 and Piper Chalmer's 181 games. The Highclimbers were led by Josefina Francisco-Zacarias' 142 game.

In game two, the Bearcats were led by Bunker's 183 and also saw sophomore southpaw Aly Wiens shoot a 124 for the Cats. 

"It has been great to reward some of our younger bowler's hard work this season by giving them opportunities to bowl on varsity," assistant coach Rich Bunker said. 

Shelton was led by Kylee Moore's 133 game.

The significant Bearcat lead after two games allowed for them to include two more young bowlers. Sophomores Jainah Johnson and Lexie Delisle were called up to contribute in the two team Baker games. Johnson and Delisle both marked in their assigned frames. The Cats defeated Shelton 118-111 and 180-117.

 The Bearcats host the Aberdeen Bobcats Thursday at Fairway Lanes in Centralia at 3:30 p.m.