ROCKFORD – Minooka finished fifth with a 12-game total of 12,018, for an average of 200.3 per game per bowler, at the girls bowling state final tournament last Friday and Saturday at The Cherry Bowl. The Indians were 398 pins behind state champion Waubonsie Valley.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our girls,” Minooka coach Frank Yudzentis said. “The state tournament is a couple days of peaks and valleys, and we hit one of the lowest valleys I have ever seen Friday morning. For us to come back the way we did was just outstanding.”
The Indians’ top bowler, Emily Koulis, finished 24th as an individual with a score of 2,534. Minooka’s effort included a 2,446 from Kortney Sickler, a 2,400 from Kayly Windbiel, a 2,344 from Heather McCubbins, an 1,875 in 10 games from Lexi Jones and a 419 in two games from Cheryl Eyman.
“We have been [balanced] most of the year,” Yudzentis said. “Some of the top teams have one and sometimes two girls that are high on the individual list. Our Friday afternoon series was probably some of the best team bowling I have ever seen. We bowled a 3,134 as a team with a high game of 234. That is about as balanced as you can get.
“We really battled,” Yudzentis added. “It was good to get the girls an opportunity to bowl at state. The ability to perform in that situation is incredible. It’s unlike any event they bowl in all year.”
Bradley-Bourbonnais 50, Minooka 35
Minooka ended a 20-7 season last Saturday night in the championship game at the Class 4A Normal Regional.
Brooklyn Bachmann of Minooka scored 11 points and also advanced to the sectional round in the three-point shooting competition.