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Girls Bowling: Lockport second at Strikefest

Updated: January 10, 2013 6:31AM



After finishing second in the 2011 Plainfield North Strikefest, Lockport went into Saturday’s final game of the 2012 tournament with a 20-pin lead.

The Porters had to settle for runner-up honors again as Minooka outscored them 958-922 in the last game and 5,914-5,898 over six games to capture the team title at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet.

Still, the Porters weren’t hanging their heads after finishing second in the loaded 44-team field that featured all of the top five teams from last season’s state meet.

“This is a good momentum builder,” Lockport’s Bri Zabierek said. “Getting second at Strikefest is huge. This is comparable to the state tournament.”

Lockport was paired with Minooka on adjacent lanes for the final game.

“There was a lot of pressure,” Zabierek said. “Each player on both teams had a strike in the first frame and it just increased the pressure. It was really exciting.”

Zabierek was the top area individual, finishing fourth with 1,267 pins, 29 behind champion Cheyanne Valdez, of Oswego.

Megan Szczepanski (1,227) finished 10th and Ashley Hostert (1,162) 22nd for Lockport.

T.F. South’s Kayla Garcia took seventh with 1,249. The Rebels were the lone area squad besides Lockport to qualify for the Gold Division by finishing the morning session among the top 12 teams.

The Rebels (5,178) faded in the afternoon, but were happy with a 12th-place finish.

“This was the first time we’ve been in contention in a tournament like this,” T.F. South coach Bob Quayle said. “Teams were looking at us surprised and I was thinking ‘Deal with it. We’re going to be there all year.’ ”

Defending state champion Andrew ended the morning session in 13th, one spot shy of qualifying for the Gold Division.

The Thunderbolts bounced back to win the Silver Division by 154 pins over St. Charles East. Cassie Boat (1,228) was ninth individually.

“I wasn’t feeling too well, but my teammates really helped pick me up with their cheering,” Boat said.



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