The McNary girls bowling team, (front to back) Carissa Ventura, Ashley Mayne, LeAnne Miller, Jocee Freeman and Marrisa Miller, will compete in the state tournament as a wild card team Saturday, Feb. 26. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

It’s not unusual for the McNary girls bowling team to get a bit rowdy on the lanes.

“We tend to get really loud, but it’s how we get our play going and it’s the thing that helps us bond as a great team,” said Marrisa Miller, a senior on the team.

It’s hard to argue with the strategy, while the team ended the season in third place in the district, the girls earned themselves an invite to the state tournament as a wild card. Team captain Jocee Freeman rolled into the ranks of the district’s All Star Team during the district tournament and several other Celts missed the team by just a few marks. Two wild card slots in the state tournament are offered to the third place teams in the district with the most teams overall.

“Even though we didn’t take first in districts, we’re making it to state and that was one of our major goals,” said Carissa Ventura.

Getting in as a wild card should not at all reflect adversely on the the team itself, said Kathy Kaplan, who co-coaches the team with Ted Natividad.

“These girls are fun to work with, they believe in themselves and they want to represent McNary well,”