W.F. West sophomore Piper Chalmers was named the unanimous 2A Evergreen Conference MVP and the Bearcats dominated all-league selections as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
Chalmers, who was the individual 2A District 4 champion, helped the Bearcats capture their second-straight district championship on June 2. The Bearcats are currently on a two-year win streak and didn’t get a chance to defend their 2020 state title in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Chalmers has been the Bearcats star bowler the past two years. She averaged a league-best 208.9 for the season, breaking her own school record of 196.
At districts she averaged 211.8 for six games, and was selected as WIAA’s Athlete of the Week for week 15 while averaging 223.
She also won a spot on the league’s all-academic team
“Everyone in the league commented on her growth as a bowler, team leader and (how she) carried herself with great sportsmanship,” W.F. West coach Don Bunker said.
The Bearcats took three of the five first-team all-league spots, which included Brianna Powe, Cami Aldrich and Jessca Loflin.
Powe, a team captain, earned her second-straight first-team selection after averaging 174.7 on the season. She was also selected as W.F. West’s Female Athlete of the Year and was on the league’s all-academic team.
“Brianna is a two-handed bowler which is very rare in women’s bowling,” Bunker said. “She throws the most powerful ball of any bowler I have seen in the state over the last four years. The two-handed bowling style requires a great deal of strength and athleticism.”
Aldrich, a junior, also won her second-consecutive first-team selection after averaging 170.8 for the season. She placed third at the district tourney while averaging 196.8.
“Cami is a hard worker and a great teammate,” Bunker said. “She is also ready to step up in a leadership role next year as a senior.”
Loflin rounded out the Bearcats first-team selections, her second straight, after averaging a 167.8 for the season. A four-year letterwinner, Loflin placed sixth at districts with a 181.1 average for the tournament.
Finishing out first-team picks were Black Hills’ Hallie Stuart, who averaged a 185.1, and teammate Zoey Theophilus, who averaged a 163.1.
Second-team picks included Bearcat sophomore Clara Bunker, who averaged 153.7 on the season.
“As a sophomore, Clara is already becoming one of the Bearcats’ strongest bowlers and we are expecting big things out of her over the next two years,” Bunker said.
Joining her on the second team were Tumwater’s Samantha Bluhm (154.5) and Rylee Weeks (154.3).
Also winning all-academic awards were Tumwater’s Trysten Sarson (146.4) and Black Hills’ Kaitlyn Gwinn (146.2).
Tumwater coach Wendy Roberson was named the league’s Coach of the Year after building the Thunderbirds’ numbers up to 22 total bowlers this season.
“Her team also really improved this year,” Bunker said. “Wendy is also retiring this year and we thought it was fitting and well-deserved to vote for her in her last season. Wendy has been a lot of fun to compete against and will be missed by Tumwater and the EvCo league.”