Warren rolls to North Suburban title
They may be a young team, but the group from Warren sure is starting to grow up quickly.
The Blue Devils' girls bowling team picked things up quickly to take the North Suburban Conference title at Fountain Square Lanes in Waukegan on Friday afternoon.
Amanda Tarlos of Lake Zurich knocked down the individual victory with 1,228 over the 6 games to finish ahead of Libertyville's Emma Davellis (1,184) and Lakes' Sammie Scroggin (1,183).
Warren rolled to the team title with 5,190 pins, ahead of the Lake Division champ Stevenson (5,063), Antioch (5,035) and Lake Zurich (4,920) in the 12-team field.
"That's a huge victory for these girls," Warren coach KC Lange said. "They've been bowling really well all year. They have only lost two matches to Stevenson and Lake Zurich. So they stuck with it and improved all year. It showed with a team effort."
Warren had the biggest team game of the day with a 939 in game three. That effort put them in the lead to stay.
"It was a big game," Lange said. "But if you look throughout the day, it was about making spares. It was something that we focus on as a team. We say specifically, you've got to make the single-pin spares. That doesn't happen, then you don't make those scores. We did everything right that game and it was a good one to finish the morning."
The Blue Devils were led by Kayla Rossi (1,096), Hayley Gregorson (1,087), Macayla Powers (1,020), Victoria Dizon (1,003) and Megan Martin (984).
"I think we're bowling our best and supporting each other," Gregorson said. "We not teammates, we're like family."
Grant was the Prairie Division champion during the dual meet portion of the season and finished seventh (4,702).
Tarlos won the individual title by concentrating on spares. She was very consistent with her scores all day, as 4 of her 6 games were 200 or better. She rolled 215, 222 and 217 for a 654 and followed with games of 194, 202 and 178 for a 574.
"It's very exciting, because all your hard work has paid off thoughout the season," Tarlos said. "So, it's really nice to get something for it. It was definitely all about spares of what you're picking up. Not about strikes -- spares come before strikes. Strikes are really good and nice to see on the board, but it's all about spares and keeping a clean game."
Some of the other top individuals were Kaitlyn Rudy of Stevenson (1,148), Taylor Sloan of Libertyville (1,133), Deidre Loos of Wauconda (1,126), Erin Koch of Antioch (1,117), Samie Schmidt of Stevenson (1,108), and Samantha Knab (1,098) of Antioch.