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Warrior Bowlers Headed To State For 3rd Straight Year

February 3, 2013
Sterling High School

The SHS Girls’ Bowling team earned its third straight trip to the IHSA state finals with a second place finish at the United Township Sectional Saturday.  Sterling tallied a team score of 5542.  Moline won the sectional with a 6119.


SHS Coach Dennis Black provides a recap of the action: “We bowled a mediocre 890 in game one, but found ourselves in second place.  Magan Tintori's 212, Destinee Howard's 199, and Amber Granzow's 184 led the way, but as a team we missed 8 makeable spares, a continual issue this season.  We bowled only 840 in game two, which had 10 splits in 15 tries.  Again Destinee and Amber performed well with scores of 217 and 190.  But at this point we fell behind UTHS, who had bowled a 969, and I suspected we might be staying home after the tournament.


“But I knew UTHS was a younger team and might stumble later.  However they bowled a 1026 in game three.  Our ball return broke down, and we were five frames behind the other teams.  Our girls knew about the UTHS score and they responded with a 1003 to stay (in 3rd place) within 83 pins of (2nd place) UTHS.  Brandy Behrens came alive in this game, and for the rest of the tournament.  She rolled a 228. So did Destinee.  Amber had a 207.  My concern at this point was Samantha Lewis had a 427 series, her worse of the season.  I informed her that if she faltered in the afternoon, Rebekah Frohling would replace her.


“In Game Four, we bowled a 927 and moved within 60 pins of UTHS.  Destinee continued to be hot with a third consecutive 200 game, a 223.


“Game Five was the turning point.  We bowled a solid 979.  Brandy 210, Destinee 222, and Amber 224.  UTHS showed its youth and bowled a miserable 798.  We went from 60 pins down to 141 pins up.  At this point, I knew we were going to State.  We finished with a 901 and UTHS came back with 949, but they did not have nearly enough.  I knew if we bowled a 900, they would have to bowled a 1050, and I was reasonably certain they could not do that. 


“Destinee finished with a 1226 series, Amber a solid 1168, Brandy 1142 which included her first 600 of the year---605 in the afternoon when we really needed it.  Magan Tintori was solid with a 1065 (177 average on the day) and Samantha responded with a 514 in the afternoon, nearly a 90-pin improvement.  Except for Game 2, we were solid all day.”


Next Up:  The Golden Warriors compete in the two-day IHSA State Finals in Rockford (Cherry Bowl) beginning Friday (2/8), and concluding Saturday.



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