Girls bowling wins SPC title

Nick Schultz, Sports Media class

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On Jan. 26 the Minooka girls bowling team took on the Southwest Prairie Conference in the 2019 conference tournament. After outstanding performances from all the bowlers, the Minooka Indians came out in second place on the day of the tournament, just 12 pins behind Joliet Central.  However, factored in with the regular season performances, Minooka was crowned conference champions.

They were led by junior Alyssa Ritchie who scored 1332 points in two series and came in first in the whole tournament.

Ritchie, however had help from her teammates. Sophomore, Megan Gillson bowled a 299 in Game 5. Senior Kristina Sickler bowled 1224 total.

“A lot was going through my mind shooting a 299,” said Gillson. “I knew I had to stay focused and listen to my coach’s advice.”

The atmosphere for bigger meets such as conference amp up the pressure even more, with more on the line with every roll.

“The atmosphere is totally different comparing a regular conference meet and the conference tournament,  but I’ve learned to accept different surroundings,” said Gillson.

Minooka had five all-conference bowlers: senior Gina Russell, sophomore Kiara Backstrom, Sickler, Ritchie, and Gillson.

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