One pin away from perfection

Olympic High School senior bowler Emily Sutton fell short of a perfect game Tuesday, but you wouldn’t have known from the smile on her face.

Sutton’s Olympic High School bowling team wrapped up a 6-1 victory against Olympic League rival Bremerton High School, but before she could celebrate with friends and family, she darted for work at the Port Orchard Dairy Queen.

Despite falling just a hair short of perfection, it was Sutton’s best game of her life, scoring 275.

Sutton would have tallied a perfect 300, but after hitting strikes in the first nine frames she picked up the spare in the 10th.

The senior’s previous best was 247, Olympic head coach and Sutton’s grandfather Dave Colby said.

“It was so nerve-wrecking,” Sutton said. “When I went up there for the last frame, I was shaking so bad so much, but it was so much fun and I really enjoyed it.”

She returned to her bench smiling while both teams applauded her performance. Sutton said she’s never been involved in a game with such a high score before Tuesday.

“I’ve never bowled a game like that before, so I was very nervous, but it was a good learning experience for sure,” she added.

Sutton scored a 166 in the second game to finish with a team-high 441 total pin fall tally. Olympic’s pin fall score of 1,667 bested Bremerton’s 1,587.

The Trojans are undefeated this season, including two wins against the Knights.

“This was a major win for us tonight,” Colby said. “The girls came through when they had to, and it was a total team effort to earn this victory.”

Olympic won the first game by 62 pins, but the following game was a different story. Bremerton jumped out to a 19-pin lead at the ninth frame of what would be the final game of the night.

Colby assembled his squad for a timeout before the final frames. Colby said he told his team that this match was theirs to win.

“I told them, ‘We’ve got to start striking,’” he added. “I told them that the writing was on the wall, and this was ours to take.”

Sutton totaled three strikes in the final two frames following Colby’s speech.

Olympic rebounded from the early deficit, taking the second game with a pin fall of 768 to Bremerton’s 750.

Audrey Deutsch, who bowled a 351 combined score, said her team performed well under pressure during the second game.

“Our team really pulled through at the end,” Deutsch said. “Bremerton and us are really good competitors.”

Leading scorers

Bremerton was led by top scorers Shanara Hankinson and Abby King, who each scored a 332 combined score from the two games. King had the Knights’ best game performance with a 185 total pin fall in the first game.

Brittany Schroeder and Helaina Hillgoss finished with scores of 318 and 317, respectively. Rebecca Gardner rounded out the scores with a 288.

Kendra Willis of Olympic finished with a 362 total pin fall score, while Jasmine Cone and Amanda LaBumbard ended the night with scores of 266 and 247, respectively.

Olympic won the first baker game, 166-165. Bremerton took the second baker game with a 206-166 win.

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