North Girls Roll Their Way To Sectionals


Rachel Nelson, Sports Editor

On February 3, the Belvidere North girls’ bowling team traveled to the Hononegah Regional at Viking Lanes. The team followed their usual routine of blasting music on the bus ride there and then stretching and playing Down By the Banks while waiting for the tournament to start.

Going into game 6, the team was behind 4th place Hononegah by 90 pins- a margin that could easily be covered in one game. But they weren’t able to gain back those pins and they ended up placing 5th, one spot out of advancing to the Jefferson Sectional as a team.

While the team may not have advanced, Rachel Nelson (‘20) and Camille Spencer (‘19) both advanced individually. Nelson had a six-game series of 1202 and placed 3rd for qualifying individuals while Spencer placed 6th for qualifying individuals with a 1075 series. To advance out of Regionals, it took shooting a series of 1025 averaging 170.8.

“I was excited to advance to Sectionals because I had never done it individually before. I am very proud of myself and Rachel because we have worked extremely hard to get to where we are now. I improved tremendously this year and I couldn’t be more thankful for my coaches and my teammates. It was a great way to finish off my last season,” said Spencer.

On February 9, Nelson and Spencer traveled to Sectionals at Don Carter Lanes. The day started out well for Nelson, who bowled a 657 in the first half. Spencer had a bit of a rocky start with a 517. After the break, neither bowler could seem to get it rolling again. Nelson had a 579 in the second half to give her a series of 1236. She averaged 206 for the day. Spencer had a 536 in the second half and that got her a series of 1052. She averaged 175.

Nelson placed 13th overall and missed advancing to State by 30 pins. The needed average for the day was 210, and she only averaged a 206. Spencer placed 39th overall and averaged 175 for the day with a series of 1052.