The 34th annual Illinois High School Association girls state bowling tournament was held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10 at the CherryBowl. More than 1,000 people were on hand Saturday afternoon to watch the 24 teams and the 30 individuals compete for the title of state champion.
The maximum number of 54 Illinois high schools was represented during the competition. Team honors went to Hoffman Estates with a total pin fall of 11,663, for a team average of 194.4 per bowler.
Two local schools finished in the Top 10. The team from Sycamore High finished sixth overall, with a total pin fall of 11,159, for a team average of 186. The Freeport girls wound up 10th, with a total pin fall of 10,802 and a team average of 180. The top 12 teams were awarded medals.
In the individual competition, Danielle Belobraydich from Plainfield Central was crowned state champion. Her 12-game total pin fall was 2,640 for a 220 average.
Rockton Hononegah senior Paige Townsend finished fourth in state, with a total of 2508, for a 209 average.
After not making it to the championship round her junior year, Townsend said, making it to the second day was a goal at the beginning of this season.
Having accomplished that, her dad asked her Friday night at dinner what her goal would be going into Saturdays medal round. She simply said, Do the best I can do.
This is the final event for Townsend at the high school level. When asked whats next for her bowling career, she responded, Im up in the air when it comes to colleges, but Ive got to keep bowling for sure. Coaches from McHenry College and Robert Morris College have expressed a desire to have Townsend join their teams next fall.
No need to fret if you missed the high school competition. Youll have a chance to catch the best men and women collegiate bowlers in the country when they descend on CherryBowl April 26-30 for the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships. I encourage everyone to make some spare time and check it out.
For more information or to get tickets to the event, call CherryBowl at 332-9595.
Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Feb. 15-21, 2006, issue