Girls Bowling takes second in conference

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Kaitlynn Trimble, Sports Editor

     

Kylie Johnson ('18) bowls during practice.
Kylie Johnson (’18) bowls during practice.

  The Belvidere North girls bowling team finished out the NIC-10 conference in second place. The team’s record at the end of their regular season was 7-2. The team’s only losses being against Harlem and Freeport.

    Originally they tied with  for second place with crosstown rivals, the Belvidere Bucs, but North won in total pins. The Thunders total pin count for the season was 30013 pins. Their high game was 1246 pins and their high series was 3604 pins.

    Head Coach Jim Paddock said, “We were expected to place fifth in Conference at the beginning of the season, but we knew that we could place higher and we did.”

     Heading into the postseason, the team is looking to figure out who their eight bowlers that will be competing in Regionals are. Coach Paddock has arranged several non-conference matches to try and help him make a decision.

     On Jan. 14 the girls took on Marengo at home and they came out victorious. The team’s next non-conference match was against Christian Life on Jan. 19. Christian Life only had three girls, so North came out on top.

     On Jan. 23 the team took part in the Viking Holiday Invite. The girls were in first place all the way until lunch break, but lane conditions during the second half of the day deterred the team during the fourth game.

     After the end of the fourth game, North had dropped to fifth place from first. The team adjusted quickly though for the fifth and sixth game to climb their way back to the top, all the way to second. Another highlight of the day was Brynn Lambrecht (‘18) bowled a perfect 300 game.     

     The girls next competition is the Dixon Invite on Jan. 30. Then the girls are hoping to place in the top four at Regionals to advance onto Sectionals and then State.

     Ashley Platt (‘16) said, “We took seventh at State last year and this year we are hoping to go back and place higher.”