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Girls Bowling: Sandburg’s Jessica Colson sits in 18th after Day 1 at state

Sandburg's JessicCols| Vincent D. Johnson/For Sun-Times Media

Sandburg's Jessica Colson | Vincent D. Johnson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 24, 2014 6:25AM



In 44th place after the morning session Friday on the opening day of the Girls State Bowling Tournament, Sandburg’s Jessica Colson came back from lunch and made her move.

The senior fired a 266 in Game 4 to climb all the way up to 17th.

“It was super-exciting,” she said. “I got into a rhythm and I just kept going. Some of the shots were lucky, but I made a lot of good shots and kept the same rhythm going.”

Colson finished the day with a 1,292 total pinfall over six games at Cherry Bowl in Rockford, finishing the day in 18th place, tops among Southland competitors.

Colson was 153 pins behind leader Julia Bond, of Waubonsie Valley, and just 25 out of 12th place. The top 12 finishers are medalists and deemed All-State.

Lockport (5,834) was the lone area team to advance to Day 2, finishing the day in 11th, 588 pins behind leader Waubonsie.

Colson, struggling to a 181 in the final game of the day, fell just shy of her goal of a 1,300 series, but was pleased to be in striking distance of the top 12.

“I’m super-happy to be in the top 12,” she said. “I didn’t do quite as well as I did at sectionals, but I had a good day. (Saturday), I want to get that 1,300 series and want to get into that top 12 and be All-State.”

Lockport started slowly, put up solid scores in the third (1,011) and fourth (1,016) games, then struggled with a 916 in the finale.

The Porters’ chances at a state title became slim, but they finished the day 247 pins behind third-place Harlem, potentially in striking distance for a state trophy.

“We were average at best,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “We were capable of doing more.

“(Making up 247) pins for third is a big hill to climb, but we have enough talent to make a run at it. I think back to 1999, when we were in seventh after Day 1 and won the state title.”

Nicole Troha (24th, 1,270) and Ashley Hostert (63rd, 1,178) led the Porters.

“We weren’t consistent,” Cwudzinski said. “We’d make two or three good shots then shoot a couple of splits. If we can be consistent (Saturday), we have a shot to make some noise.”

Evergreen Park’s Sarah Klawitter (29th, 1,258), Andrew’s Lauren Welch (34th, 1,245) and Jessie Hallas (57th, 1,186), Reavis’ Ashley Kouba (43rd, 1,213) and Lemont’s Kyra Udziela (46th, 1,206) advanced to the second day in individual competition.

Andrew (5,695) finished 13th, Lincoln-Way North (5,315) 22nd and Lemont (5,262) 23rd.



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