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WIAA 4A State Bowling Champion
WIAA 4A State Bowling Champion
Posted on 03/07/2018

Kristina Harris is a junior at Rogers High School. She is also the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 4A State Bowling champion. Kristina said she cannot remember a time where bowling was not a part of her life. Even though she did not start playing on a team until she was nine years old.

Kristina started bowling for Rogers High School as a freshman in the 2015-16 school year. She took 2nd place at state that year. 

“I kind of knew, based off of taking 2nd place my freshman year, that I could win this championship. So going into this year I just built off of that and told myself I could win it. But if not that I would win the championship next year. So, I just knew I had to be aggressive but positive and just have faith in what I do and that I could do it,” Kristina explained.

With her determination, positivity, and her faith, Kristina brought home the state title from the WIAA 4A State Tournament. The tournament was held February 1 through 3 at the Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place. Her score totaled 1,236 points.

Krstina Harris - State bowling champion

When asked what she loves most about the sport, Kristina exclaimed, “I love how competitive it is, because I can be a very competitive person, but also that I can meet new people. Because even if you aren’t on the same team you still play against each other so many times that you do start to build a friendship. So that is one of the things I really like about it too.”

Kristina also mentioned that as much as bowling can feel like a sport where you play as an individual she has really learned to rely on her team. “They help me stay focused and keep me from getting in my own head since bowling can be such a mind game because if I start getting distracted I started making mistakes so focusing on them really helped me.”

After graduation, Kristina plans to attend a university to pursue a communications degree. She hopes to become a sports writer or broadcaster and continue bowling, if not in a collegiate team then as part of a club, if possible.

Rick Wells, director of instructional leadership – athletics, health, and fitness, congratulated Kristina by saying, “The recent achievement of Kristina Harris being 2018 WIAA State Bowling Champion truly serves as a tribute to a champion’s devotion and hard work. This recognition is a solid testimonial of commitment, determination, and dedication to staff, students, and parents in the Puyallup School District, the South Puget Sound League, and the State of Washington.”

Wells will honor Kristina for her accomplishment at the Puyallup School Board meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 19 at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture and Arts.

When asked if there was anyone she would like to thank for helping her earn state champion Kristina replied, “I want to thank my parents who were there for me through my bowling career even before high school, for my coach Mr. Wisness who has been my coach since freshman year, he helped push me but keep me calm through some of the bigger challenges, and also I want to thank my teammates, they are all wonderful girls and I love each one of them!”

Kristina plans to not only win state champion next year but also for her team to be state champions as well.

Devin Konsmo
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