Girls Bowling: Sectional crown goes to Lemont’s Udziela
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 15, 2014 9:12PM
Chicago, 2/15/14--T.F. North's Tierra Brown, during the Morgan Park bowling sectionals. | Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 17, 2014 11:53AM
The awards have piled up for Lemont’s Kyra Udziela over the last month. South Suburban Blue champion. Sandburg Regional champion. Saturday, the junior added the Morgan Park Sectional title to her resume.
Udziela averaged 222 over six games, finishing with 1,332 pins to top Sandburg’s Jessica Colson by 37 at Bluebird Lanes.
“I got confidence from winning conference then regionals,” she said. “It gave me the little kick in the butt that I needed. Coming in here and winning this is unbelievable. Making spares was the biggest key for me. Strikes come easy, but spares are what make the difference.”
Lockport, which cruised to the Sandburg Regional title last week, had a similar day Saturday. The Porters shot a tournament-high 1,056 in the opening game to take a quick 102-pin lead and rolled to the team title with 5,843 pins, 236 more than Lemont.
The Indians, Andrew (5,462) and Lincoln-Way North (5,455) also advanced to the state meet, which begins Friday in Rockford.
“We came out of the chutes strong and just kept going all day,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “Nicole (Troha), the way she was bowling, she kind of said ‘Get on my shoulders and I’ll carry you,’ but all our girls, even our subs, bowled really well.”
Troha (6th, 1,238) and Carly Ciolino (23rd, 1,124) led the Porters.
“We’ve all been clicking at the same time and we’ve been bowling so great lately,” Troha said. “We know that if someone struggles, someone else will bowl well and pick them up. It’s really exciting.”
Andrew’s Ashley Sparrey (1,196) and Danielle Stefanski (1,196) tied for ninth to lead the Thunderbolts, who entered the final game clinging to the last advancing spot by 26 pins and fired a 954 to move up to third.
It was the second straight week that Andrew needed a big final game to advance and came through.
“We knew we needed to finish strong,” Sparrey said. “We came together and said ‘We’ll fight for this’ and we made it.”
Lincoln-Way North was the tournament’s Cinderella. Considered a longshot to advance, the Phoenix spent much of the day in second place. North struggled to a 799 in the final game but held on to fourth by 59 pins over Lincoln-Way West.
Katie Utsch (5th, 1,239) and Ronnie Villasenor (16th, 1,151) led North.
“A lot of other teams had great regular-season records and had a lot of pressure on them,” North coach Ryan Stapinski said. “We came in with nothing to lose and bowled great.”
Colson, Evergreen Park’s Sarah Klawitter (3rd, 1,282), Reavis’ Ashley Kouba (4th, 1,256), Lincoln-Way Central’s Jamie Sexauer (7th, 1,236) and T.F. South’s Amber Montejano (8th, 1,234) advanced individually.