For the second straight year, the O’Fallon Panthers came up just short in their quest to bring home a trophy from the IHSA girls state bowling tournament.
O’Fallon junior Lauren Tomaszewski had series of 618 and 668 Saturday and finished fifth in the individual competition, but the Panthers struggled down the stretch to finish fourth in the battle for the team title at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
Machesney Park Harlem put the finishing touch on a wire-to-wire state championship effort with 12,111 pins. The Huskies’ total was 419 pins ahead of runner-up Hoffman Estates (11,692 pins) and 464 pins better than third-place Schaumburg.
Schaumburg finished with 11,647 pins as it edged O’Fallon (11,633) by 14 pins for the third-place trophy. O’Fallon, which struggled with a game of 826 to finish the tournament, placed fourth a year ago.
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Other teams in the top 12, in the order they finished, were Freeport, Salem, Minooka, Lockport Township, Rockford (Guilford), Joliet (West), New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West), and Belleville East.
O’Fallon finished the first day of competition in seventh place overall. OTHS had 5,713 pins on the first day, 440 behind Harlem, which found itself in the lead with 6,153 pins at the end of 30 games on Friday.
Tomaszewski, a junior, rolled games of 195, 221, 186, 229, 224 and 204 on Friday for a total of 1,259.
Natalie Heltne, a sophomore, had games of 171, 209, 203, 256, 186 and191 for a total of 1,216.
Mary Orf, a sophomore, had games of 217, 180, 214, 176, 194, and 178 for a total of 1,159
Hayleigh Williams, a junior, had games of 162, 174, 169, 169, 195 and 224 for a total of 1,093.
Grace Braswell, a sophomore, rolled two games in each session, 129 and 184 marks in the first, and 213 and 158 in the second.
Maddi Thornton, a junior, rolled in two games, a 145 and a 157.
O’Fallon improved by more than 200 pins on the second day of competition, enough to leapfrog Rockford (Guilford), Lockport Township and Minooka, all of which had finished ahead of O’Fallon on Day 1, but not enough to make the podium.
On Saturday, Tomaszewski rolled games of 246, 190, 182, 268, 235 and 165.
Heltne had games of 169, 256, 163, 205, 191 and 167 on Saturday. Her total for the two-day tournament was 2,367.
Williams finished the tournament with 2,330 pins at state after bowling games of 246, 191, 211, 232, 155 and 202 on Saturday.
Orf’s Saturday included games of 170, 168, 224, 188, 169 and 145, giving her 2,223 total pins at state.
Braswell had games of 211, 246, 235, 186 and 147 on Saturday, making her contribution to the team’s total pin count 1,709 for the tournament.
Thornton rolled a single game of 157 on Saturday, giving her 459 total pins at state.