McNary bowlers pull off upset at state tournament

McNary bowler Bailey Gekeler works on her technique at a practice back in February. (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings)

The McNary girls bowling team competed in the state tournament over the weekend (Feb. 23-24) and pulled off a major upset in the first round.

The Celtics were seeded 15th coming into the tournament, which matched them up against second-ranked Crater in the opening round. But McNary wasn’t intimidated in the slightest as the team had a combined score of 313 over a two-game series, allowing them to knock off Crater and advance to the following round.

However, McNary couldn’t recreate the magic in their following two match-ups. The Celtics only scored a 216 in a series loss to Silverton, putting them in the consolation bracket — where they were eliminated by Grants Pass.