Girls Bowling: Lockport cruises to regional crown
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2014 5:44PM
Marissa Soverino, of Lockport, is greeted by high fives after bowling a strike for the Sandburg Regional Girls Bowling Championship at Orland Bowl, Saturday, February 8th, 2014, in Orland Park. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 10, 2014 6:48AM
The race for the team title at Saturday’s Sandburg Regional was, for all intents and purposes, over quickly.
Lockport fired out of the gates with a tournament-best 1,115 in the opening game, jumping to an early 201-pin lead, and never looked back, rolling to the crown with 6,139 pins over six games, 510 more than anyone else in the 11-team field at Orland Bowl.
“Oh, my God, the first game we did amazing,” Lockport’s Marissa Soverino said. “It set us up for a really good day. I thought we were all on our ‘A’ games today. I’m really proud of us.”
Richards (5,629), Lemont (5,449) and Reavis (5,349) also advanced to the Morgan Park Sectional.
Lemont’s Kyra Udziela (1,354) averaged 226 and captured the individual crown by 11 pins over Soverino. Udziela had the tournament’s best game with a 279 in Game 4.
“I struggled a bit in the morning but got going in the afternoon,” Udziela said. “When everything clicks, it’s a great feeling.”
Oak Lawn’s Shannon McGuire (1,249) was third, followed by Lockport’s Ashley Hostert (1,227) and Nicole Troha (1,222), the latter two contributing to what coach Art Cwudzinski said was the fifth-highest score in program history.
“We’ve been bowling really good the last three weeks,” Cwudzinski said. “Our goal was to start fast and we just kept going.”
Jessica Kimbrough (6th, 1,192) led Richards, which closed with a 1,057 to take second place.
“We had to settle the girls down (in the morning),” Richards coach Lindsey Gierman said. “The (1,016) in the third game got us going and we got momentum.”
The most drama involved the race for the last advancing spot. Reavis trailed Sandburg by 27 pins entering the final game but shot an 871 to the Eagles’ 817.
Ashley Kouba (7th, 1,185) posted a 211 in the last game to spark the Rams.
All the girls really feed off me,” Kouba said. “I got off to a good start in the last game, and they all started bowling good, too.”
McGuire and Oak Lawn teammate Stephanie Gasca (20th, 1,041), Sandburg’s Elizabeth Fazy (8th, 1,182), Jessica Colson (9th, 1,148) and Maddie Gowgiel (11th, 1,117), Shepard’s Miranda Lindgren (10th, 1,134) and Alyssa Petrishe (24th, 1,015), Oak Forest’s Erica Bergstrom (12th, 1,105) and Bremen’s Nicki Adekahunsi (21st, 1,041) and Briana Olson (23rd, 1,017) advanced individually.