Girls Bowling: Lincoln-Way North wins Eisenhower Invitational
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 28, 2013 10:56PM
Lincoln-Way North's Jaime DeRuiter high-fives teammates after a round during the Eisenhower Invitational at Burr Oak Bowl in Blue Island. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 2, 2013 6:14AM
Lincoln-Way North made sure Monday it would take plenty of momentum into Saturday’s loaded Rich East Sectional.
The Phoenix got one last confidence boost before the postseason, posting a three-game total pinfall of 2,690 to top Sandburg by 35 pins in the 24-team Eisenhower Invitational at Burr Oak Bowl in Blue Island.
“We really like this tournament because it’s so close to sectionals,” North coach Coley O’Connell said. “We’re a very senior-dominated team. We have three spots (in the lineup) locked up and three kids that have competed for last two all year. All three bowled (Monday) and did well.”
The Phoenix trailed Sandburg by 15 pins entering the final game, but posted an 853 to Sandburg’s 803 in the finale.
Sandburg had the individual champion as Nicole Powell continued her hot streak. The SouthWest Suburban Blue champion captured the tournament with 656 pins (a 218.7 average), nine better than Tinley Park’s Michelle Marban.
“We started off really well as a team, then it went downhill, but second place is still good,” Powell said. “I feel really good about where I’m at going to sectionals. My big thing is trying to get the team to go to state, not just me.”
Marissa Jones (13th, 552) paced a balanced attack for Lincoln-Way North. Jamie DeRuiter (16th, 539), Katie Utsch (22nd, 528) and Kayla O’Brien (26th, 519) also had strong showings and Ariel Beja’s 191 in the final game was key.
“It’s great to go into sectionals with a win,” Jones said. “I’m happy with how consistent I was. As a team, we got more hyped up for that last game. We started cheering more and it got us going.”
Tinley Park (2,652), T.F. South (2,624) and Lemont (2,589) rounded out the top five. Individually, Morgan Park’s Tierra Wilkins (613) was fourth and T.F. South’s Kayla Garcia (602) fifth.