Oregon state champion bowlers set sights on Pepsi Youth Championships

With a solid showing, Olivia Phillips and Austin McFarland can put themselves on the Division I scholarship radar.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 7:21 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2019 7:21 PM

Speech to Text for Oregon state champion bowlers set sights on Pepsi Youth Championships

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work and write in via phillips and austin mcfarland, bowling is half art. olivia says, "you have to be calm because there's lots of people that sometimes will run up next to you, you just got to stay focused." and half science. austin says, "to know where to play on the lanes when it's either oily or dry." a mature understanding of a complex sport for two twelve year olds. but these aren't just any twelve years. they're state champion twelve year olds. dan says, "she pretty much blew every girl away in the tournament, not only 12-year-olds. so, it's quite special." olivia's only been bowling for two years. hardly any time at all, but enough to get her average up to the 180s. dan says, "i think personally, she's the best 12-year-old i've ever seen." dan zallar has been her coach for a little more than a year. in that time, he said he's seen olivia morph into a bowler with division one scholarship potential ... something that's become increasingly rare in southern oregon, according to the 16-year high school coach. dan says, "only one girl in the rogue valley back 20 years ago went to a major bowling school, so that shows you how hard it is." the goal is the same for bowling buddy austin. olivia says, "he's good. he's the best boy bowler i know." he's been doing it for a bit longer... competitively for six years... in some capacity since he was two. a career that recently climaxed when he won the state championship. austin says, "it meant a lot to me because last year, i tried really hard and i didn't make the cut and this year coming back first place just blew me away." now because they're the best 12-year-olds in the state, olivia and austin have qualified for the pepsi youth championships. a nationwide tournament held in july in michigan that'll give them an idea of where they stack up against the best of the best. [g7]wild rogue relay
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