By Matt Nestor
As the first three rounds of the IHSA girls’ bowling championship ended Friday, Feb. 12, the Guilford Vikings looked perfectly positioned to win a state title. Guilford stood in second place, only 27 pins behind Collinsville.
Jefferson was bowling well themselves, sitting in fourth place, but more than 200 pins behind not only Collinsville, but Guilford and third-place Antioch.
The J-Hawks dominated the second day, however, putting up the best team score of the day and fighting themselves all the way into second place, 134 pins behind first-place Collinsville, but also 8 pins ahead of Guilford to finish second. The Vikings’ score was good for third.
Jefferson was led by senior Tia Walls, who scored a team-high 2,521 over six rounds for the J-Hawks. Senior Megan Buja scored 2,451, senior Caitlyn Whitchurch scored a 2,434, and juniors Amanda Dodd and Krissy Johnson also helped out, scoring 2,460 and 2,450, respectively.
Senior Trista Flowers led the way for Guilford, scoring 2,711, which was also good for third place overall in the tournament. Senior Rachel Aurand scored a 2,445 for Guilford, while they were also aided by three sophomores: Anna Epperson (2,330), Shannon Carlson (2,417) and Mikayla Auerswald (2,405).
State champion Collinsville gained a clean sweep in the tournament. In addition to winning the team title, they were led by senior Frannie Steiner, who won the individual championship with a score of 2,756.
Walls of Jefferson finished in 18th place with her score to lead other area qualifiers. Other area bowlers included junior Denise Schulz of Auburn, who was 36th with 2,422, sophomore Sammi Hagerman of Harlem with a 40th-place finish at 2,411, and freshman Lindsey Anderson of Harlem, who shot 2,368, good enough for 49th.
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From the Feb. 17-23, 2010 issue