Oak Harbor bowlers roll to second in state

A group of bowlers from Oak Harbor High School placed second in the Washington State Bowling Proprietors' Association state tournament last weekend at Triangle Bowl in Longview.

The local bowlers earned a trip to state by winning the regional Travel League over 11 other area high schools.

At state 24 teams were divided into two divisions with the top eight clubs placed in Division I. Oak Harbor earned a spot in the top division by entering with the seventh best average.

Wilson High School edged Oak Harbor for the title with 48 points, 9,745 scratch pins and a 194.9 average. Oak Harbor finished with 39 points, 9.559 scratch pins and a 191.18 average.

The second-place finish was Oak Harbor's best since winning the title in 1990 when current coach Jason Youngsman rolled for the Oak Harbor High School team. Oak Harbor earned another second in 1989.

This year's club was led by sophomore Brendan McCardle who finished the tournament with a 212 average, second best among all bowlers. That earned McCardle a spot on the all-star first team that featured the top five bowlers. Junior Jacob Miller, who had a 195 average, earned a spot on the all-star second team.

Sophomore Brandon Grass, junior Bryan Perrine and junior Glend Esguerra rounded out the regular five-man Oak Harbor team.

Alternates junior Michael Jenkins, junior Eric Larce and junior Matt Moore also saw action.

Oak Harbor was ranked third after Saturday's swiss format where each bowler bowled against the opposing teams' bowlers head-to-head. One point was awarded for an individual win and two points for a team win. A total of seven points was possible per game.

In Sunday's final round, the teams switched to the baker format where each of the five team members rolled two frames. The first bowler handled the first and sixth frame, the second bowler took the second and seventh, and so forth.

Oak Harbor posted a 204 average in the baker format.

Oak Harbor defeated fourth ranked Cascade by winning six out of a possible seven points.

Wilson was handed a forfeit in the first round because its opponent was missing a bowler; that gave it a nine-point lead over Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor then was paired up with Wilson and swept all seven points, but that wasn't enough to erase the Wilson lead.

Coach Youngsman, who is assisted by C.J. Johnson, Corey Johnson and John Youngsman, said, with all of his bowler returning next year, that his club should have a good shot at winning the state title. He added, "We are always looking for new bowlers in the high-school ranks; tryouts start the third week of September."

John Youngsman, Jason's father, started the Oak Harbor team with a championship season in 1979.

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