High School Sports

Kahoks settle for second at state high school girls bowling tournament

Entering the second day of the IHSA girls state bowling tournment with a 139-pin lead, the Collinsville Kahoka may have thought they were on their way to a second championship in five years Saturday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.

The Lockport Porters had other ideas

.In fourth place heading into the third round, the Porters tamed the always-challenging lane conditions at Cherry Bowl with (three-game) series of 3,343 and 3,205 as they rallied past Collinsville for the title.

Collinsville hsd series of 3,121 and 3,110 on Saturday.

So dominant were the Porters that in 30 total games, Lockport bowlers failed to crack the 200 mark just seven times and just one bowler had a series under 600. The Porters finished the tournament with 12,689 pins. Collinsville, which won the 2010 state title, finished with 12,541, well ahead of (Aurora) Waubonsie Valley, which earned the third-place trophy with a score of 12,225.

West Aurora (12,079) and Oswego East (12,011) rounded out thew top five teams.

Leading the way for Collinsville was sophomore Katelynn Wirtel, who placed 21st with a score of 2,574 pins. Two other Collinsville sophomores, Zoe Howell (2,537) and Madisyn Juenger (2,531), placed 27th and 28th, respectively, in the individual competition.

Seniors Lizzy Barger (2,514) and Lindsey Collins (2,385) rounded out the Kahoks’ top five scores.

Lemont senior Kyra Udziela won the individual title. Udziela averaged 229 for her 12 games and finished with a score of 2,748 pins. Kiersten Vandeburg of Lockport was second with a score of 2,663.

O’Fallon junior Madison Kasza tied for 12th with 2,597 pins and an average for her 12 games of 216.7.