The Capital High School girls bowling team defeated Timberline January 14, 2022 in 3A South Sound Conference play at Westside Lanes in Olympia. Capital (13-1) won the match 5-0 and will meet up with second place Central Kitsap (12-1) Tuesday, January 18 to determine the South Sound Conference champion.

Capital head coach Mike Deakins was thrilled with his team and the work they have done this season. “This year’s team has been an absolute joy to work with,” stated Deakins. “They work hard every day to improve their game and I have strong senior leaders.”

Capital is led by senior Gabi Boyer who has been on varsity all four years and placed seventh at State in 2020. Boyer has a 164-pin average and is joined by four-year varsity veteran and co-capitan Melinda Nguyen. Maira Kelly, Celine Lewis and Emily Swan complete a well-rounded Cougar squad.

Timberline’s Courtney Cahil led all Blazer scores by bowling a 148 and 176 for the match. Blazer head coach Kelsi Rees was upbeat on her team’s performance. “We are a young team, and I’m very proud of my team never giving up and keeping mentally tough when they have been behind,” remarked Rees. “We have many new girls bowling this year and they support and help each other at every practice and match working on improving their scores each time.”

Timberline Captains Khiarra Thomas and Courtney Cahill lead the Blazer bowlers. “They want the best for the team and keep the energy positive every time,” Rees remarked about her captains.

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