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Oswego East girls' bowling team shatters own state record

by Christine Bolin Dascher


For the third time this season, the Oswego East girls' bowling team broke the state record for a three-game series.

The Wolves first did it against rival Southwest Prairie Conference rival Oswego on Dec. 13, when they finished with 3,277 pins.

The previous record was set last season by Andrew - the 2012 state champion - with a 3,260 pinfall.

On Jan. 9, the Wolves beat West Aurora, 3,298-2,672 and broke the record again. Just one day later in a conference matchup against Plainfield South, Oswego East did it again when it finished with an amazing 3,469 next to the Cougars' 2,932.

All three times the records were broken, the Wolves were bowling on their home lanes, Parkside Lanes, in Aurora.

"Last time I checked, the conference, sectional and state meets are not at Parkside," Oswego East head coach Jeremy Hillman said. "So we know we need to throw the best games no matter where we are."

The wins not only shattered records, but it put Oswego East with a dual meet record of 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference entering Tuesday's rescheduled league battle with Minooka.

On Saturday at Morris, the Wolves won their fourth straight tournament after rolling a 5,909 series for first place out of 13 teams at Echo Lanes.

Senior Giselle Poss placed first overall with a 1,369 series. Junior Kailey Kopacz went eighth (1,237) and senior Tricia Thornton ninth (1,236).

Behind Oswego East was Joliet West (5,871), Minooka (5,683), Plainfield South (5,495), Lincoln-Way West (5,358), Morris (5,342), Plainfield East (5,301), LaSalle-Peru (5,225), Romeoville (5,180), West Aurora (4,976), Rochelle (4,794), Joliet Central (4,783) and Streator (4,704).

"We were missing very makeable spares, but for the most part, we did a good job," Hillman said. "It was nice to get a win, but we were a little inconsistent to start the day...but we got out of it and did well enough to win."

Thornton led the way in the dual against West Aurora with her 766 series, followed by Poss and freshman Abby Ragsdale (692 each), junior Taylor DeLano (590), Kopacz (545) and sophomore Averee Bottcher (516).

"If you went and watched us against West Aurora, you wouldn't be able to tell if we broke a record or bowled the lowest game - it wasn't the driving force that day," Hillman said. "We just wanted to beat our opponent."

Thornton led the way again against Plainfield South with her 740 series, followed by Ragsdale (707), Bottcher (665), Kopacz (659), Poss (650) and DeLano (633).

"It's a tight race in the conference this year, and any team can bowl 1,050-1,100, so it's important we get every point we can at these dual meets," Hillman said. "We were just very relaxed and in a groove against Plainfield South."

Oswego East beat Minooka, 3,278-2,879. Poss led the Wolves with her 760 series, followed by Bottcher (699), Thornton (675), Jordan Tiritilli (581), DeLano (555) and Ragsdale (503).

In all three games, the Wolves rolled over 1,000, including a 1,196 series in Game 2.

"Minooka is a team that can flat-out annihilate you," Hillman said. "We know they bring another level of competition."

Oswego East resumes conference action today, Thursday, against Plainfield East at Parkside at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Wolves head to the Minooka Invite at Channahon Lanes in Channahon at 9 a.m.

On Tuesday, Oswego East will face Plainfield Central at Town and Country Lanes at 4 p.m.

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