A good night at Parkside : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
|A good night at Parkside |
|Oswego East girls' bowling team sets IHSA record pinfall |
|by Christine Bolin Dascher|
The main thing the Oswego East girls' bowling team wanted to do last Thursday night was beat rival Oswego on Senior Night.
Both teams brought a perfect dual record and undefeated Southwest Prairie Conference mark going into the friendly battle at Parkside Lanes.
The Wolves won in dramatic fashion, shattering an IHSA state record with a 3,277 pinfall.
The previous record was set last season by Andrew - the 2012 state champion - with a 3,260 pinfall.
"Wow," Oswego East head coach Jeremy Hillman said. "This is a great way to honor the seniors. It's the top score right now, but it will be in the top five for a long time to come. It's an outstanding achievement."
Even though Oswego lost, the Panthers had their best performance of the season with a 3,104.
"You have to tip your hat to Oswego East. Holy cow - they bowled just amazing," Oswego head coach Dan Okoren said. "After practice (on Dec. 12), I told coach Hillman that I just wanted to see both teams bowl well, and that's what happened. They were just a little bit better than us tonight. My goodness - a state record, that's awesome."
Both teams also celebrated the careers of its two seniors - Oswego East's Giselle Poss and Tricia Thornton and Oswego's Ashley Miller and Rachael Tackitt.
"Giselle and Trish have been four year varsity players who have great attitudes," Hillman said. "Their work ethic is what coaches look for in their seniors. They are great girls who are going to be missed."
"Both (Miller and Tackitt) have been great to the program," Okoren added. "Both are great girls and have been really helpful throughout the years. Ashley has really come on this year, and Rachael has been a big contributor."
The Vanderbilt-bound Poss and Thornton stood out in their neon pink shirts while Miller and Tackitt had on Panther orange shirts for the event.
"It was a fun day - it always is against Oswego," Poss said. "I'm proud of the team and the way we did today. It's just nice to do well against them."
"It was pretty exciting getting together with everybody but still kind of nerve-wracking," Miller added. "But I thought we did well. I think we'll still be good the rest of the season. It was just one day. Hopefully, we won't lose any more, though."
Oswego East won Game 1 (1,145-980) and Game 2 (1,122-1,026) but the Panthers beat the Wolves, 1,098-1,010 in Game 3.
"That just shows our girls did not give up," Okoren said. "Every point in conference counts, and we took two points from a very good team. We'll take that. We are very OK with what we shot. We'll just keep working hard like we have been."
Oswego East (6-0, 3-0 in dual meets) was led by Poss' 687 series, followed by freshman Abby Ragsdale (666), sophomore Averee Bottcher (635), junior Taylor DeLano 630-and Thornton (563).
Junior Trashaunna Manning (658), junior Cheyanne Valdez (641), Tackitt (603), freshman Brittany Breedlove (576) and Miller (525) led Oswego (4-1, 2-1).
The Wolves won West Aurora's Blackhawk Invite last Saturday with an impressive 6,232 pinfall at the Funway in Batavia. It was the first time all season they cracked the 6,000-plus mark - one of Oswego East's goals this year.
Freeport was the next best finisher with 5,635, followed by Belvidere North (5,280), West Aurora (5,258) and Downers Grove South (5,094).
"The Funway was definitely a house we could score high in," Hillman said. "The girls did an outstanding job. That's the type of score we might need to get out of the sectional."
Poss led Oswego East with her first-place overall pinfall of 1,337 series. Thornton posted a 1,274 (second place) while DeLano (1,227), Bottcher (1,200) and junior Kailey Kopacz (1,194) also contributed to the Wolves' success.
The Wolves return to conference action today, Thursday, when they host Minooka at Parkside Lanes at 4 p.m.
This will be the last time Oswego East will compete in 2012. The Wolves open 2013 at Sycamore's Matt Clark Invite on Jan. 5.
The Panthers placed third at DeKalb's Holiday Invite on Saturday. Waubonsie Valley won the 16-team tournament with a 6,031. Jefferson was second with 5,875 and Oswego finished with a 5,683 series.
Harlem was fourth with a 5,628, followed by Sterling (5,473), Dixon (5,398), Guilford (5,344), DeKalb (5,239), Boylan (4,897), Belvidere (4,871), Fremd (4,719), Grayslake Central (4,695), McHenry (4,646), IMSA (4,429), Streamwood (4,369) and Auburn (4,109).
Oswego was consistent throughout the day and finished the morning round with a 189 team average. In the afternoon, the Panthers averaged 190.
Three Panthers finished in the top 20. They were Tackitt (fifth), Valdez (seventh) and Jessica Mendez (18th).
Tackitt also earned a second place medal for her 666 three-game series in the afternoon.
Manning participated in a two-game sub tournament at the lunch break and posted games of 190 and 216. These scores put her at the top of the field, and she was named the Varsity Holiday Queen for her efforts.
The Panthers return to conference action today, Thursday, when they host Romeoville at Parkside Lanes at 4 p.m.
In their last tournament of 2012, the Panthers will compete at Plainfield South's Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. at Town and Country Lanes.