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Bowling: No. 1 ranked Oak Harbor seeks state title

Oak Harbor, the state's No. 1 ranked high-school bowling team, hits the lanes this weekend in search of its first state title since 1991.

Oak Harbor will be taking part in the 46th Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors Association Championships Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20, at Spokane's Lilac Lanes.

The local bowlers, coached by Jason Youngsman, finished second to Wilson High School of Tacoma last year and come into this year's tournament with the state's top average, 965.

Omak High School sports the second-best mark of 949, followed by Wilson with 942.

The state tournament will be divided into three divisions for boys, with the top eight grouped together in Division I.

Youngsman's team will be joined at state by Oak Harbor's No. 2 team. That club, coached by CJ Johnson and John Youngsman (Jason's father), qualified for Division II with an 854.

Oak Harbor's top team includes seniors Bryan Perrine, Mike Kincy, Eric Larce and Jacob Miller, and freshman Carlton Johnson Jr. Sophomore Brendan McCardle is the alternate.

The second team includes Stephen Hornback, Tyler Rollyson, Jerin Applegarth, Dylan Slater, Matt Moore and alternate Glend Esquerra.

Oak Harbor earned its ninth consecutive state trip by winning the local league of teams from Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

At state, the teams will bowl five five-game matches Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. using the Swiss format. They return Sunday at 9 a.m. to roll five five-game Baker matches. Total points won over the two days determines the state champion.

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