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 as it completed 12 games of bowling with 12,111 pins. The Huskies' total was 419 pins ahead of runner-up Hoiffman 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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Belleville East placed 12th in the 24-team tournament.
Tomaszewski was the lone metro-east area bowler to earn a top-10 finish as she finished with 2,545 pins and averaged 212 for the tournament. The Panthers also got solid performances from sophomore Natalie Heltne (2,367 pins) and junior Hayleigh Williams (2,330).
Sophomore Abby Gray led the way for Belleville East, placing 18th overall with 2,427 pins, while Grace Kowalski was 26th with 2,381.
Rebecca Hagermann, of Machesney Park Harlem, won the individual title with a 12-game score of 2,669 pins. That total was 67 pins better than second-place Kiana Krahulik, of Oswego East.
Freeburg senior Stephanie Jacobs was 49th overall with 2,306 pins.
Mascoutah freshman Olivia Moyer won the wheelchair class with a six-game score of 869.