For the second year in a row, and only in its second year of competition, the Wyandotte High School boys' bowling team reached the Oklahoma State High School Bowling championship tournament after advancing through the regional tournament at Sapulpa.
The Miami and Wyandotte teams, out of the Playland Lanes Conference, went to the regional tournament at Sahoma Lanes in Sapulpa on Feb. 18.
After the first round of eight games, Miami qualified as second seed with a combined score of 1,475. Wyandotte qualified third with a score of 1,406. Sapulpa team qualified first.
The top eight teams moved on to the second round of match play.
Miami and Wyandotte advanced through the second round only to find themselves facing each other for the chance to advance to the state tournament.
The best-of-5 series came down to the final game, with teams tied at two games a piece.
The deciding game was extremely tight, all the way to the 10th and final frame. Wyandotte's anchor bowler, Jared Taylor, had to throw two strikes in the 10th frame for his team to advance to the state championships.
He ended up rolling the 2 strikes needed, plus nine pins, for a final score of 202-196. Wyandotte then went on to face Sapulpa for the regional crown.
Wyandotte had beaten Sapulpa 241-191 in the earlier rounds, but Sapulpa bounced back and won the next three games to capture the regional title.
Wyandotte also sent a girls team to regional competition for the first time, and the team bowled well to reach the semifinals of the regionals before being defeated by Dewey to advance to the state tournament.
The state championship tournament was held on Saturday at Heritage Lanes in Oklahoma City. Sixteen boys' team and 16 girls' teams were represented from the regional competitions held all around the state. Over 145 teams and more than 1,800 bowlers participate in Oklahoma high school bowling, and this year was the 10th year of bowling competition in Oklahoma.
Forty-eight other states also participate in high school bowling.
During the first eight-game series to determine the top eight teams to move on to match play, Wyandotte struggled on the lanes, and ended up finishing in 10th place.
The Broken Arrow boys' team, state champions for the past two years, rolled through the competition and took home its third straight championship trophy.
Wyandotte's Arthur Scribner was named to the all-state team.
In addition to Scribner, members of the Wyandotte boys' team include Austin Winkler, Brandon West, Michael Scribner, Arthur Scribner, Andrew Stephens, Jacob Lux and Jared Taylor.
Members of the Wyandotte girls' team include Maycee Rhodes, Kaytlynn Johnson, Jordynn Smith, Sara Smith, Jill Manning, Taryn Gray and Jordan White.
"I am very proud of our kids," Wyandotte coach Jason Taylor said. "They have worked very hard, and schedules were very tight as most of them also participated in other activities such as basketball. To make it to state two years in a row, especially when we only had two returning bowlers from last year, speaks volumes to their hard work and dedication."