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Bowling: Chesterton bowlers win Porter-LaPorte Sectional titles

Chestertbowlers Candice Tovo Nate Sipe wPorter-LaPorte Sectional singles titles Sunday Casey's Lanes LaPorte. | Post-Tribune photo

Chesterton bowlers Candice Tovo and Nate Sipe won Porter-LaPorte Sectional singles titles on Sunday at Casey's Lanes in LaPorte. | Post-Tribune photo

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Updated: February 22, 2013 6:26AM



It was a banner day for Chesterton in the first sectional of the Indiana high school bowling postseason.

The Trojans’ Nate Sipe and Candice Tovo both won Porter-LaPorte Sectional singles titles on Sunday at Casey’s Lanes in LaPorte. The sectional held its singles competition on Sunday and will hold the team event next Sunday at the same site.

Sipe, who finished sixth in last year’s sectional, defeated Portage’s Jordan Trent in the boys final 198-193.

“It’s been a goal (to win sectional) since last year when I qualified sixth,” Sipe said. “I missed by like four pins from the top four (last year).”

Sipe was the only boy to roll over 600 on Sunday, and he almost rolled 700 with a 695 series.

Tovo was a more improbable winner after she injured her right hand early in the season. The comeback was complete Sunday when she defeated Portage’s Jackie Rhoda 190-156 in the final.

“I was not expecting to do this well later in the year because of my injury,” Tovo said. “I have to give credit to my sister Kim (Bridges), my coaches and my dad.”

Highland, LC take Rumble titles: Highland boys bowing coach Janee Babbitt has seen consistent improvement in her team over the past couple of events. And that progress continued during Saturday’s Region Rumble at City Lanes in Michigan City.

The Trojans qualified for the stepladder finals and edged LaPorte 319-313 in the championship. In the girls division, Lake Central advanced from the fourth spot to edge top-seeded Merrillville 404-371 in the final.

“It’s a long time coming,” Babbitt said. “I have seven talented boys on this team, and they’re young. It’s taken a while for them to click, but I’m very proud of their effort.”

LaPorte edged Highland 179-170 in the first game, but the Trojans came back in the second game with a 149-134 win to pull out the victory. Highland averaged a sizzling 235 in the five Baker games to qualify first for the finals.

The Lake Central girls outscored the Pirates 215-190 in the second game to the seal their win. Wins over Chesterton and Boone Grove earned them a spot in the final.

“We got better with each match,” LC coach Stephanie Cooley said. “They didn’t get down on themselves and kept trying. But we shot a 761 early in the day, and we can’t shoot that again if we make to regionals (at City Lanes) and expect to advance.”

Merrillville started the day with scores of 921 and 847, then averaged 163 in Bakers to finish as the top seed with 2,581.

“The team really performed above my expectations early in the day,” said senior Carly Larson, who was the high individual girl with a 428 series. “We also stayed calm bowling Lake Central. We shot well and covered our spares.”

— correspondent Anthony Nasella contributed



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