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Trevor Johnson leads Wildcats to program's first state championship at Firebird Lanes in Salem

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville won the USBC high school state championship Feb. 22-23 at Firebird Lanes in Salem.

Trevor Johnson said he wanted to "make an impression" at his final United States Bowling Congress high school state tournament.

Leading Wilsonville to its first state championship in the program's history, the Tualatin senior definitely left his mark.

After averaging 186 over 30 qualifying games on Feb. 22-23 at Firebird Lanes in Salem, Wilsonville went into the tournament seeded fourth.

Over two-game sets, the Wildcats defeated Hillsboro 422-334 in round one and then Mazama 433-397 to advance to play No. 1 North Bend in round three.

"We used what we learned on Saturday based on the condition of the lanes," Johnson said. "We were a lot more smooth as a team. We made sure to take our time on our spares and we were just able to attack the lanes better."

After falling to North Bend 409-398, Wilsonville fought its way through the consolation bracket to set up a rematch with the No. 1 seed.

Needing to defeat undefeated North Bend twice, the Wildcats dominated the first set of games 419-333.

Wilsonville then won 419-406 in its final match to bring home the state championship trophy.

"This team had more chemistry than any other year that we've had," said coach Mick McMahon, who started the Wilsonville bowling program five years ago. "They just like being together and bowling together. It was great the way they encouraged each other and shared advice and ideas while the tournament was going on, which took a little bit of the pressure off me."

Wilsonville averaged a 208 in its 16 tournament games.

"Anybody is going to have a problem trying to beat that number," McMahon said.

With 28 strikes and 16 spares, Johnson finished fifth in the all-star point standings.

"Every time we needed a strike in the 10th frame, he came through," McMahon said.

Leading off the Wilsonville lineup, Tyler Crawford finished 11th with 25 strikes and 23 spares.

"He just impressed me with how good his spare shooting was," McMahon said. "You want someone in the leadoff position who can figure out the lane. As we move lanes it's going to be different than the previous lane and he has to relay what he thinks the differences are to his teammates. He was an ideal leadoff man."

Spencer Sullivan recorded 33 strikes and 14 spares for Wilsonville. Lui Blomberg, Gohan Venecia and Trey Arzie also came up big in the Wildcats run to the state title.

"I'm on a cloud," McMahon said. "It was quite unexpected."

Derek Wiley
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