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Rolling on to sectionals : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Rolling on to sectionals
Rolling on to sectionals

by Christine Bolin Dascher


Both the Oswego and Oswego East girls' bowling teams lived to see another week of playoff action.

In the first-ever regional, both the Panthers and Wolves were each one of the top four teams to advance out of the Bolingbrook Regional at AMF Bolingbrook last Saturday and into this Saturday's Moline Sectional at Highland Park Bowl.

Waubonsie Valley won the regional title with a 6,246 series, followed by Oswego (6,083), Oswego East (5,694) and Plainfield North (5,639).

"We definitely felt good about second place, but we just wanted to advance," Oswego head coach Dan Okoren said. "We started off strong and didn't have any bad games."

The Wolves were in fourth place going into Game 6, when they bowled a 1,033 - their best game of the day.

"We're not happy with what we shot, but we advanced, and that's all that matters," Oswego East head coach Jeremy Hillman said. "We're going to re-evaluate and start over, and hopefully, we learned something from it."

West Aurora missed the cut by 81 pins in fifth place with a 5,558 series. Host Bolingbrook was sixth with 5,285, followed by Neuqua Valley (5,242), Plainfield East (5,137), Romeoville (4,959), Plainfield Central (4,959) and East Aurora (4,754).

Ten individuals from teams that did not qualify also advanced to the sectional. Senior Julia Bond from Waubonsie Valley won the overall individual title after her 1,485 series.

The Panthers had a great morning round that began with one of their best games of the day (1,066) that put them at the top of the field. They finished the morning with games of 961 and 957, which placed the team in second going into the lunch break.

Oswego's performance in the afternoon was even better, as the Panthers bowled games of 1,080, 1,024 and 995 and ended up with a 203 average.

Oswego was led by senior Trashaunna Manning (1,284, fourth place overall), senior Jessica Mendez (1,244 for sixth place), sophomore Brittany Breedlove (1,206, 10th place), senior Cheyanne Valdez (1,192, 12th place) and senior Lauren Torrez (1,157, 16th place).

"All five of them started and finished, and it was a total team effort," Okoren said.

Oswego East was led by sophomore Abby Ragsdale (1,255), junior Averee Bottcher (1,189), senior Kailey Kopacz (1,111), junior Jordan Tiritilli (1,018) and freshman Samantha Perez and sophomore Mallory Weisbrodt combined for a 1,121 series.

The other eight teams participating in the Moline Sectional include Minooka, which won the Joliet West Regional with a 5,947 series, and Moline, which won the LaSalle-Peru Regional with a 5,817 series.

Also advancing from the Joliet West Regional are Morris, Joliet West and Plainfield South. Also from the LaSalle-Peru Regional are East Moline-United, Spring Valley Hall and Rock Island.

The top four teams and top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams will move on to the state tournament, which will take place on Feb. 21-22 at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford.

Okoren pointed out Oswego's overall total pinfall would have placed his Panthers in second place out of all the teams that advanced to the sectional.

"That's a good confidence builder for us, but we have a lot of work ahead of us to get ready for sectionals," Okoren said. "It's going to be tough to get out. We're not going in over-confident, and we're not taking this lightly."

"Our backs were against the wall (at the regional), and I'm glad they were in that position," Hillman said. "Now they have that feel of what it takes to finish the game."

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