Zion's Bre Keulen watches her toss at the North Suburban Conference bowling tournament at Bertrand Bowling Lanes in Waukegan. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
TEAM SCORES — 1) Zion-Benton 5,383, 2) Stevenson 5,163, 3) Wauconda 5,061, 4) Libertyville 5,035, 5) Vernon Hills 4,937, 6) Antioch 4, 889, 7) Grant 4,881, 8) Warren 4,867, 9) Lake Zurich 4,517, 10) Lakes 4,222, 11) Round Lake 4,154, 12) North Chicago 3,999.
TOP INDIVIDUALS — 1) Ashley Witters (St) 1,234, 2) Emma Davellis (Lib) 1,223, 3) Kaitlyn Rudy (St) 1,216, 4) Ashleigh Miller (ZB) 1,176, 5) Chey Brewington (ZB) 1,149, 6) Jasmine Acosta (ZB) 1,130, 7) Ariel Haith (War) 1,129, 8) Taylor Sloan (Lib) 1,103, 9) Meghan Calderone (VH) 1,102, 10) Samantha Scroggin (Ant) 1,100, 11) Dani Sikorski (LZ) 1,094, 12) Dorina Badino-Berger (War) 1,085.
Updated: February 27, 2013 6:15AM
Stevenson senior Ashley Wittert capped a solid six-game performance with a 236 finale to reel in Libertyville freshman Emma Davellis and win the individual title at the North Suburban Conference girls bowling tournament on Friday at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.
Witter averaged 205-plus for six games, and beat Davellis 235-171 in Game 6 to win the championship by 11 pins.
In the team competition, it was all Zion-Benton. Ashleigh Miller (1,176 total), Chey Brewington (1,149) and Jasmine Acosta (1,130) finished 4-6 individually to lead the Bees to a 220-pin victory over Stevenson.
For 30 total games, Zion’s girls averaged nearly 178 per game.
“They’re starting to bowl more consistently,” said Z-B coach Bob Voight. “We’re starting to get 6-7-8 girls who bowl well together. We were consistent up until that last game (a day-low 813) today. When we’re consistent, we score.”
Voight noted that his team is peaking at the right time.
“We focus on the end of the year,” he said. “The way the conference is set up, we bowl a lot of different girls on varsity and JV, especially with the dual meets. Those are for bragging rights. But you really want to be bowling well now.”
Next up for all teams is the IHSA sectional next Saturday. Last year, Z-B qualified its team for state for the first time ever.
“We really want to achieve the ultimate goal — qualify for state,” Voight said.
In the individual competition, Wittert overcame a 173 fifth game with her 235 to win. “I really concentrated in the sixth game to get my marks down and my strike shot going,” she said. “I took it frame by frame.” Wittert had a 627 series in the morning and a 607 in the afternoon.
The girls Wittert caught — Davellis — was thrilled with her six-game effort of 204. “I’m thrilled. I just treated this like a normal competition,” she said. “Just hearing my teammates supporting and cheering for me helped a lot.” She had a 665 series in the morning and 558 in the afternoon.
During the dual-meet season, Grant went 6-0 against NSC Prairie teams, while Zion-Benton and Stevenson both went 3-1 against NSC Lake squads. Grant couldn’t make it happen on Friday, though the team received a plaque for winning the division title during the regular season.
“We had a great season ... finished 6-0 in the Prairie Division and had some bowlers place well at big events,” said Bulldogs coach Beth Miller. “They set some goals for themselves this year, and they achieved some of them Unfortunately, it didn’t happen today.”