Bowling finishes third at Regionals, advances to Sectionals
The bowling team finished third overall with a score of 5,054 at the Conant Bowling Regional hosted at the Elk Grove Bowl on Feb. 2. By placing in the top four at Regionals, the Cougars qualified for Sectionals for the first time in five seasons.
Head coach Jennifer Mikrut said, “They have amazing team chemistry. If one girl is down, the other six girls that are there pick her up, and they continue to just fight, fight, fight. They never give up.”
Elizabeth White, ‘20, who finished the regional with a score of 1,116, said, “If one of us had a low game or miss a spare or something, we just picked each other up and encouraged each other just to move on and go the next frame or the next game.”
The Cougars’ best individual performance was from Jemma Skweres, ‘21, who finished fourth overall individually with a score of 1,148.
“It just felt good today,” Skweres said. “There was a few times where I was down. I’ll admit that because there was a few spares I missed, but that’s okay. The girls kept me up. It was amazing.”
Mikrut said, “Jemma has a very infectious and positive attitude. She’s an outstanding athlete. She’s consistent, she works hard, and she listens to her coaches.”
The Cougars will compete in Sectionals on Saturday, which will be at the Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates. If the Cougars place in the top four as a team at Sectionals, they will make it to State as a team. If the Cougars do not qualify as a team, individuals can advance to State if they place in the top five of bowlers who are on non-qualifying teams.
“We had a couple of low games this week, which were below our average, but if we just pull average next week and stay up with some of the high games that we had today, I have no doubt in my mind that this team could make it to State,” Mikrut said.