Bowling: Oak Harbor captures state crown

Living up to its No. 1 ranking coming into the tournament, the Oak Harbor High School bowling team won the 46th Annual Washington State Bowling Proprietors’ Association state championship this weekend at Spokane’s Lilac Lanes.

The title was the first for Oak Harbor since 1991 when current coach Jason Youngsman played for the local team. Oak Harbor also won two titles in the 1970s when Jason’s father, John, now an assistant coach, coached the Oak Harbor squad. Oak Harbor was second in 2010.

Oak Harbor racked up 44 points and 4,659 scratch pins to lead the eight-team Division I.

Moses Lakes finished second (41 points; 4,550 pins) and Oak Harbor’s league rival Ferndale placed third (37; 4,664).

Oak Harbor’s No. 2 team, coached by C.J. Johnson and John Youngsman, competed in Division II and finished 10th (26.5; 3,996).

Oak Harbor was the only school with two teams in the three-division, 26-team boys tournament.

Oak Harbor senior Jacob Miller earned Most Valuable Player honors for Division I and made the all-tournament first-team with a 219 average. Senior Mike Kincy was a second-team choice (214).

In Division II, Stephen Hornback was second-team all-state.

Oak Harbor’s No. 1 team consisted of Miller, Kincy, senior Bryan Perrine, senior Eric Larce, freshman Carlton Johnson Jr. and alternate sophomore Brendan McCardle.

Hornback was joined on the No. 2 team by Tyler Rollyson, Jerin Applegarth, Dylan Slater, Matt Moore and alternate Glend Esquerra.

Jason Youngsman said, “It was a huge relief for me as a coach. You have to put the right mixture of talent, chemistry and experience just to win the league portion. Then when you get the state level you have to have kids that want it more then we do as coaches. This was a special group of kids that weren’t going to accept anything but first place. It was amazing as a bowler to win and it was special as a coach.”

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