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Squalicum sophomore leads local bowlers at state tournaments

Trio of Whatcom County players place top 50

Bellingham Combine sophomore Diva Marsh walks back to the ball return Jan. 23 during the District 1 girls bowling tournament at Riverside Lanes in Burlington. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

Squalicum sophomore Diva Marsh led a trio of Whatcom County bowlers in three different state tournaments from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 at Bowlero South Seattle in Tukwila, King County.

Marsh, competing in the 4A state tournament, finished 28th out of 68 total bowlers with her six-game score of 950. She moved up 17 spots from her 45th overall finish at state last season (776 total), fueled by four games with a 150-plus pin total and a high of 185 in game six.

“It was an amazing experience returning to state for the second time,” Marsh said.  “I got to meet a lot of very nice people who made the day more enjoyable …  A highlight was when our lane was finishing up and, since we were the only ones left, the crowd’s energy fueled us to finish strong.  The last three shots were strikes — and the alley was electric.”

Ferndale sophomore Madison McFadden and Meridian junior Audrey Terpstra each made their first state appearances, with the former competing in the 3A tournament and the latter in the 1A/2A tournament.

Ferndale sophomore Madison McFadden, left, and coach Doug Nyenhuis talk before the District 1 girls bowling tournament. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)

McFadden earned a 35th-place finish out of 99 total bowlers, compiling a six-game score of 886. Her highest pin total was in games two and three, notching a 152 in both.

Terpstra finished 41st out of 66 bowlers with her six-game score of 805. She had her best game in game two, also recording a 152.

R.A. Long’s Lily Mattison won the 1A/2A individual state championship, leading the school to the team title as well. Spanaway Lake’s Tamia Yeager won the 3A individual title, while Kennewick won the team title. West Valley (Yakima)’s Ada Querin captured the 4A individual title, and Kamiakin won the team title.

A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Diva Marsh in a photo caption. The story was updated to reflect this change on Feb. 6, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. Cascadia Daily News regrets the error.

Connor J. Benintendi is CDN’s sports editor; reach him at connorbenintendi@cascadiadaily.com; 360-922-3090 ext. 104.


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