The Molalla High School boys bowling team took second place at the State Championship last weekend, bowling 46 baker games for an average of 210. The Indians also did well in the singles competition.

Jared Hartrampf placed first in the high school singles, shooting a 729 series, and Andrew Sherwood took third, with a 706. Hartrampf was also the second-place State All-Star. Jared Johnson was the fourth-place State All-Star, and Sherwood sixth.

“The whole weekend was a blast,” Skyler Foster said. “Knowing that, even with all those extremely talented teams, we earned second place in the state tournament makes me very proud of my team.”

Molalla opened the tournament with a win over Crook County and followed it up with a win over Grants Pass. However, in the third round, the Indians hit a barrier and lost to South Albany 447 to 425.

In round four, Molalla took another win over Grants Pass. The Indians matched up against South Albany for a second time in round five. This time, Molalla took the win 476 to 360. The Indians went on to beat Thurston in round six. In the final, Molalla faced North Medford.

Molalla narrowly lost, falling only eight pins short of the win. Despite not taking first, the whole team was ecstatic after the tournament.

“Although we lost, and yes it hurt a lot, I had a great time bowling in a tough competition,” Andrew Sherwood said. “Ready or not, Oregon, here we come next year better than ever.”

“We fought hard and lost to a formidable opponent, Jared Johnson said. “Proud of our guys for our grit in pressure situations.”

That pressure is what builds good athletes, and the road to state, working through high-pressure games, brought the team together.

“I loved getting to know some of the other teams, the pool party with my district and last but not least competing with my teammates,” Lane Phillips said. “We didn’t take first this year but will be going for it again next year.”

“I would like to give a huge shout out to my team and coach,” Hartrampf said. “I hope we made Molalla proud. We got three of out of the six all-star spots, huge props to Andrew and Jared for making all stars.”

“I want to give a huge round of applause to my Molalla High School bowling team,” Coach Shawn Copeland said. “They bowled great all weekend.”

The girls team took ninth place at state. They opened with a loss to Hidden Valley, then went on to beat Mazama, but lost to Springfield.

“Going to state was a blast,” Kristen Blank said. “There were many laughs and tears shed. Although we didn’t go as far as we hoped, the ladies team did well.”

“This place was a great test,” Jamie Mewing said. “It was a great mental game. But what was most important was the memories that were made.”

For three of the Indians—Jacob Mewing, Jamie Mewing and Skyler Foster—this was the final year of competition at the high school level. “This tournament was great,” Jacob Mewing said. “This was the best for my senior year.”

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