Kegler's Corner: HRVHS girls finish third at district bowling tourney

The Hood River Valley High School girls bowling team competed in its district tournament last week in Hermiston, against teams from Pendleton and Hermiston. Bowling for the HRVHS team were Berenis Peregrino-Galvez, Amber Griffin, Victoria Vega, Chloe Kent, Stefanie Olson and Cienna Brittle. The format used for the tournament was the Baker team system with 20 games of qualifying followed by 10 games in the elimination round and then two-game head-to-head roll-off matches in the finals between the top three surviving teams for the title.

The HRVHS girls qualified third, missing second by a mere 58 pins. In the elimination round they also finished third. That put them in the first head-to-head match in the finals against Hermiston. Unfortunately, they lost that match by 46 pins, giving them third place. Hermiston went on to win the title in the next match against Pendleton.

Olson and Brittle, both seniors, made the district all-star team based on their outstanding performances in the tournament. To top everything, for the third straight year Cienna Brittle was the No. 1 player on the all-star team — the most valuable player in the tournament — which earned her college scholarship money.

It’s important to note that she wasn’t selected based on style points; she earned the standing by rolling more strikes and spares than anyone else in the tournament. That’s how the all-star players were determined, by performance only. That’s mighty impressive, indeed. Cienna is a heck of a bowler.

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In league action last week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, scores were definitely kicked up several notches. Young Jason DeGeus was on fire, blasting monster 700’s in two leagues. The kid with the penultimate power game topped everybody last week with a huge 768 series that he rolled in the Monday night Industrial league. Jason, a recent graduate of juniors at Orchard Lanes and the star of the HRVHS boys squad that was among the best in the state at the time, also busted a bunch of sticks in the Wednesday night Fraternal league where he posted a big 744 series. Folks, that’s over a 250 average for his six league games.

But, that was just the tip of the iceberg last week. Powerful and talented lefty Greg McDaniel racked up a super 753 set to lead everybody in the big-time Fraternal league; Pat Olson returned to form with a fine 719 series that topped the Tuesday Nite Mixed league and big crank ball artist, Brandon Kawachi logged a 710 set in the Industrial league.

So, with all those great scores, who do you think should be bowler of the week? Obviously, you can’t overlook Jason DeGeus, with those two big 700’s. How about Greg McDaniel? He is among the top bowlers in the Northwest and carries a pro-like average in excess of 220, so it’s more difficult for him to bowl over his average.

The same logic applies to Pat Olson and Brandon Kawachi; two of the best in town who both carry big averages. Mike Roberts had a heck of a night in the Industrial where he popped a fine 672 series. That put him 159 pins over his average for the night. Finally, there is no doubt that you must also consider young Cienna Brittle in this determination.

So, let’s call this a toss-up for the latest Bowler of the Week. Who would you choose?

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