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Bowling: Lake Central boys, girls sweep Baker Tournament

Updated: February 14, 2013 7:01AM



HOBART — Based on the scores of the boys and girls divisions in the finals of Saturday’s Northwest Indiana Baker Tournament at Camelot Bowl, the changing lane conditions were hampering efforts significantly.

So the spare game became the obvious focus as both divisions produced championship matches that went three games.

In the end, Lake Central’s boys topped Hobart in the final game 163-143, while Lake Central’s girls came away with a hard-fought 175-161 win over Boone Grove in its third and deciding game.

“We knew Boone Grove was going to give us a match,” Indians girls coach Stephanie Strickland said. The lanes really started to break down at the end of qualifying, and I had to keep switching girls in and out of the lineup.

“Thankfully, we had some girls step up and deliver in the clutch when we needed it: Girls like Allison Sellers, Kelly Belzeski, and Jamie Zega. I kept Jamie in there because she has a straighter shot, and she really did well.”

The Lake Central girls topped Boone Grove in the first game 170-138, but the Wolves, who were led into the finals by the clutch bowling of Paige Kraushaar, fought back with a 196-164 win in Game 2.

“I was surprised my shot was working because it was way left of where I should have been,” Zega said. “But as the lanes broke down, I was able to get back to my normal mark.”

For the Lake Central boys, the team captured the first game 223-166, but the Brickies roared back in Game 2 with 223-173 victory.

“It was a good day for us,” Indians coach Greg Schmeid said. “The lanes were just getting dirty in the end, but Andy (Schmeid), Colin (Young) and Ryan (Gorman) did well down the stretch. But in a grind like this, it’s spare-shooting game, and everybody responded well with their spare game.”

Gorman said the key he and his teammates keeping positive even when the spares weren’t coming.

“We just had to keep helping each out,” Gorman said. “We couldn’t let anybody get down for long.”



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