Harlem girls win 4th state pin crown

Machesney Park Harlem won its fourth girls’ IHSA state bowling tourney title in the last six years, and Winnebago sophomore Ellen Morrison was the individual champ at Cherry Bowl in Cherry Valley Feb. 11-12. It was the 13th year the state meet was held here.

Harlem won the team championship by a whopping 521 pins with 11,789, an average of 196.5. Hoffman Estates was second with 11,268 (187.8 average), followed by Minooka 11,264, Morris 11,046 and East Moline United 11,035. Winnebago was seventh with 10,945 total pins and DeKalb was ninth with 8,081.

Harlem previously won state crowns at Cherry Bowl in 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Huskies are the first team to win four girls’ pin titles. Harlem coach Gail Flock got her first state title. Jim Heathscott coached the “Three-Peat” champs.

Members of the Harlem team and their pin totals: Adrien Hall (Jr.) 2,475, Megan Anderson (Jr.) 2,415, Rachel Rothermel (Sr.) 2,279, Kaitlin Reynolds (Sr.) 2,091, Heather Oldenburger (Jr.) 1,395, Jaime Fletcher (So.) 943 and Michelle Wallenberg (So.) 191.

Morrison won the individual title by 31 pins over Harlem’s Hall with 2,506 for a 208.8 average. Hall averaged 206.3. A sophomore won, followed by three juniors and a freshman. Jamie Kontos of New Lenox Lincoln-Way Central was third with 2,456, Sarah Floyel of DeKalb fourth with 2,451 and Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates fifth with 2,443.

Harlem and Winnebago qualified in the Freeport sectional Feb. 5. Harlem captured its fifth straight sectional title and Rothermel won the individual crown with 1,219 (244 top game).

Total of 182 schools, the most ever, entered this season’s tourney series. Illinois has had girls’ bowling since 1972-73.

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