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

With a pair of wins last week, the Yelm bowling team (6-1) has rolled to a five-game winning streak and an excellent start going into the season’s halfway point.

As of last week, Yelm’s hot start has them in a three-way tie with Capital and Shelton for the No. 1 seat in the South Sound Conference.

Last week started as the Tornados hosted the Gig Harbor Tides (0-7) Tuesday, Dec. 3, for a clean 5-0 sweep.

Senior Gracie Mathis and junior Bethany Place kept Yelm in the lead during the first game, posting 192 and 177 games, respectively. Yelm senior Jerilyn Schrader also contributed heavily in the team’s first game, bowling 170 and ultimately bringing Yelm a 773-562 win.

Yelm kept the hot streak going in the second game, ultimately besting the Tides 669-523. Place stayed consistent in her lane, bowling a 159. Mathis and senior Annalee Schilter also held steady, throwing 143 and 147, respectively.

Gig Harbor couldn’t keep up in Baker games, either. The Tornados bested the Tides 110-58 in the first game and 114-94 in the second game. Yelm took the series points 1,666-1,237.

Yelm looked to continue its undefeated home streak hosting the Capital Cougars (6-1) last Thursday, Dec. 5, in what was a tried-and-tested matchup.

The Tornados took the first game 702-635. Mathis pulled a 160 and Place followed through with a 154. Gig Harbor would fight back though, narrowly clinching the second game, 721-719.

Yelm took the first Baker game, 117-111, and Gig Harbor took the second game, 137-116.

Tied at two points each, the overall matchup came down to series totals. Yelm outbowled Gig Harbor 1,654-1,604 to narrowly take the 3-2 win.

According to statistics from past seasons, this is the Tornados’ best start in at least five years.

Yelm will host Shelton for a regular league matchup on Thursday, Dec. 12. After a short holiday break, the Tornados will return to Prairie Lanes on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and host Peninsula.

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