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Molalla bowlers going to state
Boys team takes first place in district, girls second.
Molalla High Schools bowling teams are both going to the State Tournament, which is in Medford, Ore., on Feb. 21, 22 and 23. The boys team took first in districts on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 20th Century Lanes in Portland. First-seed Molalla took first in the tournament, followed by Barlow High School in second, and Gresham High School in third. The girls team, which is a mix of Molalla and Rex Putnam High School bowlers, took second at districts, finishing behind first-place Barlow and ahead of Oregon City.
The boys team is coming off a good season, having taken first at three of the four pre-district tournaments they went to. With every win, the team took home a bit of scholarship money for college.
They also had some mentionable scores. During practice on Jan. 29, the team bowled a 300 game, with the pressure on Jared Hartrampf rolling the final frame. Lane Phillips bowled a 299 during the Oregon Junior Classics in Salem on Jan. 19. Prior to that game Phillips best score was a 276, which he bowled two months prior. Phillips almost-perfect game left the four pin standing.
It was a really hard game, Phillips said. Im probably not going to get a chance like that again. It was so close. It felt really good.