One trend Sandburg girls’ bowling coach Joe Geiger has noticed with his Lady Eagles is consistency, whether they’re competing in dual matches or invitationals.
That steadiness continued last week, when Sandburg racked up a pair of victories at Orland Bowl. The Lady Eagles defeated Chicago Christian (1,553-1,323) on Wednesday and Lincoln-Way East (1,692-1,629) in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue encounter on Thursday.
“We continue to bowl at, or above, our average every time we compete,” Geiger said. “With last year’s team, we never knew, apart from Nicole Powell, who we would receive consistent contributions from. This year’s team is very consistent.
“We’re constantly making strides, and I think we have a good shot at regionals in a couple of weeks.”
Freshman Jessica Colson rolled a 212 game and 358 series to lead the way for Sandburg versus the Lady Knights. Teammate Maddie Gowgiel assisted with a 172 game and 321 series.
“We slumped a bit in the first game, but in the second game we stepped up and bowled above our average, which is always our goal,” Geiger said. “The 212 game from Jessica was huge.”
Geiger has been especially pleased with the progress he has seen from Gowgiel.
“Maddie has been stepping up slowly, climbing from our No. 4 bowler to our No. 3,” he said. “She’s not too far from being our No. 2 bowler, in reality.
“She’s been battling a little injury on her thumb from a cat scratch. You hate to see injuries in bowling, but she’s emerging.”
Colson was also sharp against the Lady Griffins, as she posted a 380 series for the Lady Eagles. Sandburg received other measurable contributions from Gowgiel, Elizabeth Fazy and freshman Kristen Crowe.
“We bowled far above our average again, which I was obviously very happy about,” Geiger said. “Elizabeth Fazy really stepped up for us — she came in and bowled a 198 in her first game and a 177 in her second game. Maddie rolled a 210 in her second game, bouncing back from a 121 first-game effort.”
Crowe, a two-handed bowler, has already gained her peers’ respect with her game.
“We call Kristen our ‘spare queen,’” Geiger said. “She leads the team in spares, but she’s starting. She had a good first game of 186.
“She’s very consistent with a 150 average; a bad game for her would be in the upper 130s. She’s just very steady.”
And Geiger can’t say enough about the steadiest bowler on his team: Colson.
“Jessica leads the way for us and sets the pace,” he said. “We can count on her to bowl her best every time out.”
Shepard began last week on the wrong end of a 1,565-1,402 decision against Richards in a South Suburban Conference Red match on Monday at Centennial Lanes. Miranda Lindgren’s 210 game and 378 series topped the Lady Astros.
The gap was narrower versus Oak Forest on Tuesday, but Shepard still wound up 18 pins shy of victory at Oak Forest Bowl. Lindgren led all bowlers with a 313 series, which included a 173 high game.
Stagg also fell short twice last week, doing so against Oak Forest (1,541-1,347) on Monday at Oak Forest Bowl and Andrew (1,725-1,272) in an SWSC crossover match on Tuesday at Orland Bowl.
Breanna Malak’s 308 series made her the No. 1 bowler at Palos Lanes last Monday, but her individual effort couldn’t save Chicago Christian from absorbing a 1,407-1,348 setback versus Oak Lawn.
Josh Harder’s 1,479 pinfall total earned him the individual championship in Saturday’s Sandburg Regional, and his performance also enabled the host Eagles to place second at Orland Bowl.
The Eagles’ total of 6,449 pins was just 41 behind regional champion Romeoville. As for Harder, he outdistanced his closest pursuer, Lincoln-Way West’s Josh Glover, by 104 pins. Harder rolled an 804 morning series, which was largely constructed on games of 288 and 284.
Joining Harder in leading Sandburg was Brandon Torres, whose 1,369 score was good for the third position overall.
Earlier in the week, the Eagles easily handled Reavis 2,146-1,832 on Wednesday at Orland Bowl. Torres registered meet bests with a 246 game and 472 series, while Brandon Goeringer added a 461 series for Sandburg.
Brandon Dietz’s perfect game highlighted Shepard’s showing at the Sandburg Regional. Dietz finished 18th with a pinfall total of 1,233 and will join teammate Eric Walters (13th; 1,275 pins) in the sectional round.
Shepard defeated Lemont 112-71 in an SSC crossover meet last Tuesday behind twin victories from Zach Sierzega and Sanders Yu.
Sierzega touched out first in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, doing so in 24.08 seconds and 54.52, respectively. Yu’s triumphs, meanwhile, came in the 100-breaststroke (1:06.25) and 200-individual medley (2:13.83).
Wins by Zack Amendola in the 200-free (1:50.97) and Harlan Long in the 500-free (5:16.02) propelled host Stagg to a 121-64 SWSC Blue victory over Homewood-Flossmoor last Thursday. The two swimmers were also part of the Chargers’ triumphant 200- and 400-free relay units, which completed their respective races in 1:33.85 and 3:33.87.
Sandburg scored 113 points to take fifth place at Saturday’s Al Gillberg Invitational. Finishing ahead of the Eagles were Naperville Central (318.5 points), Marmion Academy (166.5), Brother Rice (158), and Fenwick (155).
Lockport edged Sandburg 29-27 in an SWSC Blue showdown Thursday night, thereby ending the Eagles’ four-year reign as conference champion.
Sandburg took a 6-0 lead after wins from heavyweight Matt Frostman and Louie Hayes (106 pounds), but the Porters then ripped off five straight decisions to go in front 19-6. John Pellegrino, who was third at state last season, stopped Lockport’s winning streak with a first-round fall at 145. He and teammate Patrick Brucki (170) were the only Eagles who pinned their opponents.
Hunter Pindel, whom Sandburg coach Eric Siebert termed a standout, earned a victory at 182 to give the Eagles a 24-23 lead. But a forfeit against undefeated Tyler Johnson at 195 pushed Sandburg back in arrears of the Porters by five points.
The evening’s most competitive match came at 152, where the Eagles’ Tom Slattery edged Lockport freshman Trevell Timmons. Slattery took an early lead and survived a late Timmons rally to earn a 7-6 decision.
On Saturday at the Sandburg Duals, the Eagles lost 30-18 to Hononegah in the semifinals, but rebounded to beat 14-time Tennessee state champ Baylor 50-15 for third place in the eight-team tourney.
Pellegrino, Frostman and Christian Robertson (126) all had pins against Baylor. The Eagles beat South Elgin 61-6 in their first match of the day.