Grayslake North joins Lake Zurich as state qualifiers in girls bowling
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun February 4, 2013 1:52PM
Grayslake North's Sarah Littleton (right) gets a hug from teammate Kait Christiansen after finishing bowling in the IHSA sectional bowling tournament at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
AREA QUALIFIERS FOR STATE
Emma Davellis (Libertyville)
Sami Jo Zak (Grant)
Chey Brewington (Zion-Benton)
Updated: April 6, 2013 2:13AM
Lake Zurich bowlers average 174 for 30 total games to win the IHSA sectional tournament at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan and advance to this coming weekend’s state finals.
Grayslake North held off hard-charging Marengo by eight pins to finish second and also qualify for state.
Individuals not on qualifying teams to advance to state included Libertyville freshman Emma Davellis (206 average for six games), Grant senior Sami Jo Zak (193) and Zion-Benton’s Chey Brewington (191).
“I’m unbelievably proud,” said Grayslake coach Laura Bertermann. “They did a great job supporting each other. I told them that we needed to go into this as a team and bowl as a team. Individuals don’t matter right now. They understood that. They wanted it as a team.”
Grayslake was led by sophomore Sarah Littleton, who averaged 202.
The top individual was Lake Zurich’s Dani Sikorski with a 225 average.
“I didn’t tell them how close it was,” said Bertermann of the eight-pin margin . “But it came down to the last frame. Spares win tournaments, and I just kept telling them that everything counts.”
Other tourney highlights:
■ Lake Zurich hadn’t sent a bowler to state since Mel Fox took over as coach seven years ago.
■ This is the fifth year for Grayslake North’s program.
■ Antioch’s streak of four straight appearances at state was snapped. The Sequoits finished 14th.
■ Zion-Benton won the North Suburban Conference meet at this same location (Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan) a week earlier. On Saturday, standout Jasmine Acosta injured her finger in Game 2 and had to sit out. Zion qualified for state last year.
■ Grant’s Sami Jo Zak follows in the footsteps of Brie Brugioni who qualified for state during Zak’s freshman year at Grant. “I looked up to her so much. She was a great bowler,” Zak said.
■ Warren led after the mornimg session, but couldn’t come up with the big game they needed in the afternoon and finished fourth.
■ Bob Fox, Lake Zurich coach on the win: “At the beginning of the year, I knew we had talent. But we haven’t bowled like this all year. They clal came through today.
■ Sikorski on winning the individual title and team winning, as well: “I’ve been waiting four years for this. Being a senior, it was starting to feel like it just wasn’t going to happen. I’m glad I got it down. I’m really happy that we all get to share the (state) experience.”
■ Libertyville freshman Davellis, who was second individually: “Having such great teammates cheering me on has really helped me. I’m just a freshman so I feel like there’s still a lot of room to grow, but starting out (my prep career) like this is great.”