Girls Bowling: Lockport rolls to sectional title
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 2, 2013 10:06PM
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:28AM
Competing in arguably the state’s toughest sectional — the Rich East Sectional at Lakewood Bowl in Richton Park — Lockport’s bowlers figured their bid for a state berth would come down to the wire Saturday.
Instead, the Porters ran away from the field, capturing the sectional title in dominating fashion. Lockport totaled 6,068 pins over six games to top Minooka by 237 pins and easily advance to state for the first time since 2009, when they won the state title.
“We had a lot of motivation from not making it the last three years,” said Lockport senior Bri Zabierek, who finished second. “The whole second half of this season, we’ve been on an upswing. We just stayed consistent (Saturday).”
Zabierek (1,312) was 74 pins behind Lincoln-Way West’s Morgan Flaherty (1,386, 231 average), the defending state champion who cruised to the sectional crown.
“I definitely took a step up (Saturday) from the rest of my season,” Flaherty said. “I just really focused on every shot, and I just hope I can show up like this at state.”
Lockport also got strong performances from Ashley Hostert (5th, 1,251), Nicole Troha (10th, 1,220), Megan Szczepanski (17th, 1,168) and Allyson Ware (25th, 1,117).
Zabierek in Game 2 and Hostert in Game 4 took perfect games into the 10th frame, finishing with scores of 279 and 277, respectively.
“The girls just performed great today,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “We shot 1,186 in the second game and after that whenever someone had a bad game, someone else stepped up.”
Rich South’s Salest Stewart (1,286), bolstered by a 258 in Game 4, finished third to advance to state.
“It’s very exciting,” Stewart said. “I’ve wanted to go downstate for the longest time. I just stayed focused and forgot about the bad shots.”
Lincoln-Way West freshman Jessica Schram shot a 300 in Game 3.
Defending state champion Andrew had its repeat hopes end with a fourth-place finish.