Stacy Mitchell of Hoffman Estates and Elk Grove's Dana Ohm are both seniors -- and both are enjoying their first full season of varsity competition.
They've been fitting in quite nicely, thank you very much.
Tuesday night at AMF Lanes in Rolling Meadows, each bowler was on top of her game in leading their teams to the upper echelon of the Mid-Suburban League standings.
Mitchell's 211 in Game 3 against Fremd led the Hawks to a 9-0 win over Fremd, while Ohm's 578 series (games of 212 and 203) in the leadoff position helped the Grens to a sweep over Wheeling.
Hoffman Estates leads defending MSL champion Elk Grove by just 2 points heading into Saturday's conference tournament.
"We had to fight for it tonight," said Mitchell, who along with teammate Brittany Gray (255 game) excelled Tuesday for the first-place Hawks. "It's been a fun year, and I'm not sure we expected to be in this (conference-leading) position -- but we all get along great and we help each other out there."
Ashley Dolce (651 series) and Tedra Tado (649, 255 game) were also outstanding for the Grens along with Ohm, who has been in the program all four years and has made her mark on varsity this season.
"It's been a great year," said Ohm, who's made a key contribution to the Grens' success. "I was nervous (at the start of the season), but I had the mindset that I just wanted to keep the momentum going and help make our varsity team as good as we were last year."
Ohm said the big reason for her improvement this season is the instruction from Grens coach Kimberly Sander.
"She's helped me with my speed, consisstency, picking up spares, basically everything," said Ohm. "She's a great coach."
Prospect stayed in the hunt for an MSL championship by sweeping Conant as Allison Walsh rolled a 618 series and Cassie Bach, another first-year varsity senior, gave a big assist with two games of 211.
The Knights are in third place, just 5 points behind Hoffman.
"We're very happy with the position we're in," said Bach. "We've really grown as a team."
Rolling Meadows scored a win over Schaumburg at the meet, while a 566 series from Missy Cannon led Palatine to a victory over Hersey.
Buffalo Grove blanked 9-0 as Bison senior Mariah McVay, who came into Tuesday's action with a league leading 200.27 average, fired a 218 in the third game.
McVay is just ahead of Walsh, Tado and Dolce in the MSL individual race, and says it's the competition from those standout bowlers that drives her.
"We're all within a few pins of each other," said the senior, "and they push me to do my best. It's exciting and definitely competitive."