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Dundee-Crown a regional champ

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By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent

It was a record-breaking day for the Dundee-Crown girls bowling team Saturday.

The Chargers not only won their first postseason title in program history, but also set a new program record for highest 6-game series after placing first at the Buffalo Grove regional at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights.

D-C won the regional with a 5,498 total pinfall. Stevenson was second at 5,475.

Senior Karissa Gonio led the Chargers with a 1,218 series, another program record. She also hit a personal-best 675 series after the lunch break en route to a second-place individual finish.

"I was trying to focus as much as I could on each ball," said Gonio. "Strikes definitely helped. I had a couple games where I was not necessarily getting a lot of strikes, but I was focusing on picking up spares and making sure I had decent games."

Sophomore Brittany Mueller was 14th with a 1,082 series. Freshman Taylor Gonio added a 1,075 series and placed 15th. Senior Amanda Smith was 18th with a 1,071 and sophomore Angie Tripp had a 1,052 and placed 21st.

"A 5,498 is about 183 a game per girl, which is really good," said D-C coach Dave Mensching. "Winning the regional is a pretty big accomplishment. The girls rallied around each other and picked each other up. There always were two or three girls having really good games."

Dundee-Crown heads to the Zion-Benton sectional next Saturday in Waukegan.

"We can't get cocky as a team," said Gonio. "We have to keep it real and focus on the task at hand. Hopefully we can bowl as well as we did (Saturday) and make it to state as a team."

Sycamore regional: Jacobs picked up the final team sectional berth after taking fourth at the Sycamore regional at Four Seasons Bowling Center.

The Fox Valley Conference-champion Golden Eagles finished with a 5,200. Marengo won the regional with a 5,588.

Lyric Dodson led the Golden Eagles with an 1,172 series. Classmate Zoe Carrie rolled a 1,069, while fellow senior Alexis Cabrera had a 1,027. Junior Mariclare Daniels rolled a 987.

Jacobs advances to the Freeport sectional next Saturday.

Huntley finished 12th at Sycamore with a 4,126.

Metea Valley regional: Larkin grabbed the fourth and final team-qualifying spot at the Metea Valley regional held at Parkside Lanes in Aurora. The Royals will bowl in the Freeport sectional next Saturday.

Jordan Dick led the Royals with a 1,004. Rachael McDonough rolled an 890, while Haley Hansen finished with an 888. Jennifer Lascon rolled 823, while Isabel Guadalajara finished with a 778.

Streamwood qualified three individuals in Jordan Ankebrant (971), Kristin Strand (935) and Kelsey Strand (886). Raychel Korn (1,098) and Natalie Gonzalez (912) advanced for Bartlett, while Breanna Tinder (950) will represent Elgin at Freeport. Westminster Christian's Lauren Mason also advanced to sectionals after rolling a 915 series.

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