By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
As the announcer paused before naming the most valuable player during the district bowling tournament Sunday, Feb. 10, Jocee Freeman, a McNary assistant coach, grabbed bowler Tori Pike by the hand and turned her around.
Pike was repeating to herself, “It’s not me,” over and over.
Freeman said, “It’s you, babygirl.”
Pike collapsed into the arms of her teammates.
The moment was a capper to a stellar day for the McNary High School girls bowling team. They took first in the district and will be heading to the state tournament Feb. 23 and 24 in Hillsboro.
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