Wolves add to trophy case at Minooka Invite : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
|Wolves add to trophy case at Minooka Invite |
|OHS' Valdez takes top individual honors |
|by Christine Bolin Dascher|
Even though the Oswego East girls' bowling team won five straight tournaments, the final three remaining in the season - conference, sectional and state - are the ones that are really on the radars of the Wolves.
However, winning Minooka's Invite this past Saturday at Channahon Lanes was a nice accomplishment too. The Wolves shot a 5,725 - 225 pins ahead of second place and host Minooka's 5,500.
"We did a good job, even though the shot was tougher than what we're used to," Oswego East head coach Jeremy Hillman said.
Rival Oswego finished in third with a 5,422 series. Plainfield East shot a 5,399 and T.F. South a 5,169 to round out the top five scores of the 16 teams participating.
"We were tied for first (with a 2,870) with Oswego East going into the lunch break," Oswego head coach Dan Okoren said. "We shot one bad game (a 773 in Game 4), but we were right there with them. The one bad game was the difference, but with the competition we had, I'm proud of third place."
Oswego junior Cheyenne Valdez placed first overall with her 1,256 series, including her Game 3-best score of 235.
Oswego East senior Giselle Poss went third overall with a 1,231 series, including a Game 6-best score of 256.
Oswego East also saw senior Tricia Thornton and sophomore Averee Bottcher place in the top 11. Thornton went sixth with a 1,195 series and Bottcher placed 11th with a 1,150 series. Junior Taylor DeLano shot a 1,077 and freshman Abby Ragsdale fired a 1,072.
In addition to Valdez, Oswego was led by senior Rachael Tackitt (1,095), junior Trashaunna Manning (1,035), freshman Brittany Breedlove (876 in five games) and senior Ashley Miller (812 in five games). Junior Jessica Mendez rolled a 180 in Game 5 and 168 in Game 6.
Oswego and Oswego East will see each other again on Saturday at the Southwest Prairie Conference meet at Echo Lanes in Morris at 9 a.m. Last year, Minooka placed first, followed by the Panthers in second and Wolves in third.
Oswego East enters the conference tournament undefeated in dual meet action.
Oswego enters with TWO conference losses to the Wolves and Minooka.
"We feel pretty confident...but we cannot take our foot off the gas," Hillman said. "We can't go in feeling like it's already been taken care of."
"So much goes into that one day, but we've set ourselves up nicely," Okoren said. "We'll just go in and do our best and not worry about the other teams."
Oswego and Oswego East, along with East Aurora, IMSA, Metea Valley, Waubonsie Valley, West Aurora, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Lemont, Lisle, Neuqua Valley, Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Plainfield North, Plainfield South and Romeoville will all be at the Plainfield North Sectional back at Echo Lanes at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2.
The state tournament will take place at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford on Feb. 8-9.
Oswego East Notes: Last Thursday, the Wolves took eight of 10 points and beat Plainfield East, 3,228-3,082 at Parkside Lanes. This was Oswego East's fifth series in a row shooting over 3,200.
Poss led the way with a 683, followed by Thornton (675), Ragsdale (638), DeLano (625), sophomore Jordan Tiritilli (599) and Bottcher (531).
Oswego East won Game 1 (1,127-974) and Game 2 (1,052-1,041) but fell in Game 3 (1,067-1,049).
"We know we can score...but Plainfield East can very easily shoot 1,150," Hillman said. "Plainfield East and Oswego each took a game from us this year, but overall, we've been pretty solid."
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"Obviously, we just wanted to get as many points going into the conference meet," Hillman said.
The Wolves have one final non-conference dual meet today, Thursday, at home against Neuqua Valley at 4 p.m.
Oswego Notes: For the first since Okoren became head coach, the Panthers have never competed in back-to-back-to-back conference dual meets until last week. The Panthers beat Romeoville (2,904-2,549) on Jan. 15, topped Plainfield North on Jan. 16 but fell to Minooka last Thursday. The duals with the Spartans and Tigers were from scheduling conflicts and weather issues from earlier in the year.
Against Plainfield North, Oswego won, 2,975-2,743 at Parkside Lanes. The Panthers were led by Mendez' 604 series, followed by Manning (600), Tackitt (590), Breedlove (568), Valdez (564) and Miller (536).
"We shot very well against Romeoville and Plainfield North," Okoren said. "We shot over 2,900 both nights, so we'll take that. We're glad to take all 10 points against both teams."
Minooka took all ten points from Oswego after beating the Panthers, 3,167-2,861 at Town and Country Lanes.
Valdez' 624 series led the Panthers along with Breedlove (587), Manning (579), Tackitt (561), Miller (492) and Mendez (467).
"It was a different shot, different house and we were a little out of our comfort zone," Okoren said. "It was Minooka's Senior Night, and they had a great night against us. We had a tough first game (Oswego shot an 899 next to Minooka's 1,091), but we bounced back. I was happy with the effort, but the stronger team won that night."
On Tuesday against Plainfield East, Oswego lost to the Bengals, 8-2. Plainfield East won the first game, but Oswego clinched Game 2 to tie the match heading into Game 3.
In the end, Oswego fell short, 994-888. The Panthers were led by Rachael Tackitt's 222 average and Brittany Breedlove's 218. Tackitt also rolled a high game of 247 in Game 2.