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Girls bowling: Scouting Northwest

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By Bill Esbrook
Daily Herald Correspondent

Top competitors

Barrington: Seniors Cassy Ebert, Monica Hoerner, Carly Goolin, Dianna Hickey, Kaya Pudlo; freshman Sarah Tenyer

Buffalo Grove: Seniors Anna Haller, Catherine Vu, Ashley Palacios; junior Valeria Karneevich; sophomore Joanne Savage

Conant: Senior Katie Harrold; junior Jordyn Wagner; sophomore Angela Anzalone

Elk Grove: Seniors Kayleigh Duff, Brooke Barges, Allison Peters, Brianna Bacigalupo; junior Jackie Peters

Fremd: Jrs Brooke Leahy, Abby Peterson, Melanie Schaffer, So Victoria Metzger, Andrea Hurlburg, Gina Rowlett.

Hersey: Seniors Kendall Scheidt, Marie Spychala; Juniors Kait Roscoe, Delanie Steinweg, Marissa Allen; Sophomore Zoe Sabrekian

Hoffman Estates: Seniors Brandy Hoglund, Sarah Wille, Melyssa Donovan; sophomores Jordyn Fera

Leyden: Seniors Erika Pimentel, Nicole Lassin, Reba Hall; juniors Nicole Pitsenbarger, Ashley Kriston; sophomore Gia Paolantino

Palatine: Seniors Katie Conrad, Abby O'BRien; juniors Stephanie Berber, Kayla Ure; sophomore Nicole Southerland

Prospect: Seniors Katelynn Bieber, Nicole Cusack, Meghan Mulcahy, Megan Mendelson, Abby Owens; sophomore Cassidy Selep; freshman Arie Upshaw

Schaumburg: Seniors Darcy Jorgensen, Shannon Maiers, Susan Wiederhold, Danielle Yohe, Kaitlyn Azevedo; sophomore Sarah Schwind

Rolling Meadows: Sr Fatima Gonzalez, Ariel Cantieri, Katelyn Dalby; Jr Allie Petrick, Ema Kolb, Lisa Rolden, Calia Holt

Wheeling: Seniors Maryssa Peterson, Lily Johnson; junior Ashley Keippel, sophomores Brianna Cychosz, Elizabeth Stavros

What the coaches are saying

"The girls need to focus on their spare shooting and work together as a team. It was a struggle last season. I'm excited about the talent of some of the freshmen and I'm looking forward to watching them grow and succeed." -- BG coach Jean Tripam

"Last year we were sectional champions and qualified for the state tournament -- Angela Anzalone was the individual sectional champ. Now this season we hope to develop the consistency and unity it takes to be competitive and successful throughout the season." -- Conant coach Jennifer Mikrut

"My expectation is that we'll finish in the top half of the Mid-Suburban League." -- Fremd coach Deb Pietrucha

"Since many of the varsity girls are returning, we should be very competitive and finish in the top three in our conference -- and hopefully bowl well enough in regionals and sectionals to make it to state." -- Hoffman Estates coach Dan Pfliger

"The outlook for our season is great. We've got an extremely talented team, and we hope to be a (state) contender again come February. I believe in the ability and determination of this team." Leyden coach Chris Aylward

"Our focus is going to be on individual improvement, the sooner the better. We've got a lot of newbies who are quick studies, very coachable and our team chemistry is coming together. We've got a great bunch of young ladies and they are a very fun group." -- Wheeling coach Beth Anderson

"We've got three returning starters who were conference medalists (Mulcahy, Cusack, Bieber) last season, and we've got some newcomers who have cracked the starting lineup. It may take time to form a 'team' with the newcomers, and I have to figure out how to blend seven bowlers into the lineup, but the Knights are looking strong." -- Prospect coach Greg Troyer

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