The first day of the ‘16 IHSA Girls State Bowling Tournament proved to be a long and trying one for metro east area athletes on Friday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
O’Fallon senior Madison Kasza averaged just over 217 for six games and is in 15th place in the individual competition as she helped salvage what was otherwise a disappointing day for the Panthers who ended play 24th in the 24 team tournament and failed to qualify for the final six games on Saturday.
Kasza, who rolled (3 game) series’ of 650 and 653 for a 1,303 total is 129 pins behind Schaumburg freshman Kylie Frick, who finished the first day with 1,432 pins, 29 more then Harrisburg sophomore Elizabeth Davis.
Kasza’s total was the lone bright spot for the Panthers whose 5,512 total left them 890 pins behind first day leader Joliet West (6,383). Belvidere North (6,250), Schaumburg (6,196), Lockport (6,170) and Oswego East (6,168) rounded out the top five schools.
Collinsville, second a year ago and one of the pre-tournament favorites, is ninth after a first day total of 5,957.
Junior Katelyn Wirtel led Collinsville with scores of 629 and 602 and is 48th overall with a 1,231 score while senior Bella Thompson is 60th with a score of 1,213.
Dupo junior Courtney Argus shot series of 618 and 590 and is 62nd with a score of 1,210; while Belleville East senior Katey Sauerwin finished her career by placing 124th at the state finals. Sauerwein shot 537 and 531 on Friday and failed to advance.