Girls Bowling: Udziela leads Lemont to victory at SSB meet
BY STEVE MILLAR For Sun-Times Media February 1, 2014 7:50PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 6:01PM
Going into the sixth and final game of Saturday’s South Suburban Blue meet at Oak Forest Bowl, Lemont was in fourth place.
The Indians, though, were just 53 pins out of first in the ultra-competitive tournament and knew a strong finish could mean their second straight conference crown.
“Going into the last game, we knew we still had a chance,” Lemont coach Mark Hollatz said. “When we got to the fifth frame or so, I saw the other teams’ scores and I said ‘This is ours to lose now.’ The girls came out and shot our best game of the season at the perfect time.”
The Indians put up a tournament-best 987 in the final game, skyrocketing to top of the standings. Lemont finished with 5,109 pins, 95 better than second-place Tinley Park.
Lemont’s Kyra Udziela ran away with the individual title with 1,246 pins, 105 more than the runner-up, Tinley Park’s Mallory Fischer.
“It’s very cool,” Udziela said. “You always want to say ‘I’m capable, I know I can win it.’ But to actually do it, it’s a great feeling.”
With both Tinley Park and Bremen (4,954) which finished third having finished their final games, Lemont went into the 10th frame appearing to be in good shape to take the crown.
A huge 10th, that kicked off when leadoff bowler Brooke Gabor struck out, sealed it.
“I didn’t really know that we had a chance to win it,” Gabor said. “All these people were cheering and I was wondering why. It wasn’t until after I finished and people told them what we had just done. It was like, ‘Oh wow.’ It was amazing.”
Gabor finished 13th. Kyla Owens (18th, 986), Monique Mitrani (24th, 932) and Alex Wyatt (25th, 924) also contributed for the Indians.
Tinley Park led much of the day, but opened the door to the rest of the field with a 796 in Game 5. An 839 in the finale was not enough.
“Lemont had a fantastic last game and you can’t take that away from them,” Tinley Park coach Kelli Lattyak said. “We’re just looking forward to regionals next week. We want to bounce back and show we’re better than what we shot (Saturday).”
Bremen’s Monica Krumrie (3rd, 1,117), Oak Forest’s Erica Bergstrom (4th, 1,099), Hillcrest’s Zakariah McGrew (5th, 1,089) and Denisyha Waller (6th, 1,077), Tinley Park’s Michelle Marban (7th, 1,066), T.F. North’s Capri Howard (8th, 1,063), and T.F. South’s Amber Montejano (9th, 1,056) and Kayla Garcia (10th, 1,048) earned All-Conference honors.
T.F. South (4,930), Hillcrest (4,870), T.F. North (4,859) and Oak Forest (4,851) rounded out the team standings.