Girls Bowling: Wauconda gets on roll late, wins titleVERNON HILLS Friday Jan 27 2012
Stevenson's Jordan Hummel warms up during the North Suburban Conference bowling tournament at Brunswick Zone alley. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 27, 2012 11:54PM
Wauconda came from way off the pace in the final two games on Friday to reel in host Vernon Hills and end Antioch’s three-year run as champion of the North Suburban Conference.
The tourney was held at Brunswick Zone, which is located behind Hawthorn mall and is home house for both Vernon Hills and Libertyville.
Vernon Hills took advantage and led Wauconda by 105 pins after four of six games were complete.
But in Game 5, Wauconda’s Melissa Ohms had a 214 and her teammates were all at 177 or better.
And in Game 6, Cyndi Teuber delivered a 245 that sealed the deal.
Wauconda’s only had a team for five years, but the sport is popular in the Wauconda/Island Lake area.
“I was so proud of the girls today,” said winning coach Mindy Lorence. “They were very consistent and they kept it together.”
Wauconda led Vernon Hills by 15 pins going into Game 6, and the final margin was 30.
“I told them (before Game 6) ‘I know we can do it. I know we can win this. Don’t worry about what anyone else is bowling. Just bowl how you know how to bowl.’ That’s been our motto all year. It’s worked for us,” Lorence said.
The individual title was a two-girl race, in which Taylor Rigwood of Vernon Hills averaged 219.7 and edged Kelsey Schreiber of Antioch (219) by four pins.
Last year’s champ, Casey Brown of Warren, finished fifth.
Rigwood led the individual competition wire-to-wire, as she rolled a tourney-high 248 in Game 1. Schreiber almost reeled her in with a 245-195 advantage in Game 6.
Rigwood was emotional after receiving her award.
“I’m still shaking. My coach doesn’t let us see the scores, so I had no idea where I was. When they called my name, that’s when I found out,” she said. “It’s probably one of my biggest accomplishments.”
Actually, Rigwood’s biggest accomplishments are in the classroom. The senior has a 3.95 GPA at Vernon Hills and had a 29 ACT score.
Third individually was Round Lake senior Dena Husk, whose scores ranged from 175-216.
Round Lake also finished eighth in the 12-school field.
Vernon Hills hosted the tourney and coach Andra Hjelm was pleased with her team’s showing.
“We did great today. We shot our first 1,000 (1,017 in Game 4) as a team this year,” she said. “All the girls worked really well together. They picked each other up. They hit their marks, and when they were leaving spares, they were converting those spares.”