For the second consecutive year, the Island Girls, an Oak Harbor-based bowling team, produced the state’s singles champion.
The state tournament concluded in Spokane late last month after seven weeks of action this spring.
The Island Girls included 28 women from Whidbey Island plus a few friends from Skagit Valley. Most bowl out of the Convergence Zone at NAS Whidbey Island. They entered 11 four-person teams, 14 doubles teams and 28 singles in the state competition.
The Island Girls’ Lorri Martin finished first out of 341 in the B Division singles tournament, 20 pins better than the runner-up. Teammate Kathy Gifford, last year’s champion, took seventh. Vickie Burns placed 10th, Debbie Carrothers 13th and Gayle Espen 20th.
Martin was also the B Division doubles champion with partner Sheila San Angelo. The duo won by nearly 50 pins, dominating the field of 185 pairs. Carol Decker and Mary Fran Wendling took 10th and Maria Crowell and Burns were 19th.
Three Island Girls groups placed in the top-10 out of 99 squads in the team competition. Crowell, Espen, Burns and Gifford were fourth; Martin, Laney Rathbun, San Angelo and Laura Meders took fifth; and Wendling, Carrothers, Joanne Skaar and Decker finished 10th.
Martin’s efforts in the three categories helped her finish second in the all-events standings, which included participants from all divisions. Gifford was sixth, Carrothers ninth, Burns 11th and Decker 25th.
All of the singles, doubles and team competitions in the A and B Divisions were handicapped.
This was the 16th year that the Island Girls, organized by Rosemary Kunow, competed in the state tournament.