The Yelm bowling team poses for a photo after their matchup against Shelton on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Olympia.

Yelm bowlers (7-3, South Sound Conference) clinched a 4-1 win Tuesday, Jan. 7, as they hosted Peninsula, but were unable to secure a win against fifth-ranked Central Kitsap away on Thursday, Jan. 9. 

The week six matchups come as the Tornados enter their final few weeks of play before the 3A/4A District Bowling Tournament on Feb. 1. 

Yelm is currently ranked third in the South Sound Conference. The top four teams in the conference will move forward to district matchups in February. 

The Tornados showed consistency during Tuesday’s matchup against Peninsula at home. 

While the Seahawks just narrowly clinched the first game of the matchup 617-610, the Tornados rallied back in the second game to find a 736-590 win. 

Yelm worked magic in the Baker’s games as well, outscoring the Seahawks 155-127 in the first and 143-102 in the second. 

The Tornados took the series point without a hitch, 1,644-1,436. 

Senior Gracie Mathis and Alli Roe held steady in the matchup, racking up a 289 series and a 288 series, respectively. 

The Central Kitsap Cougars proved tougher competition than the Seahawks, as they hosted Yelm for a Thursday league match. 

The Cougars bested the Tornados 741-635 in the first game, but fell behind as junior Bethany Place came back in the second game to bowl a 210 and lead Yelm to secure the win, 722-664. 

Central Kitsap took both Baker’s games, 166-127 and 153-145, and the series point, 1,724-1,629. 

Place had a great night for Yelm, and led her team with a 366 series total. Roe and Mathis were also consistent and bowled a 283 and 273, respectively. 

Results from the Tornados’ final home match against Timberline on Tuesday were not available by press time. 

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