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Bowling: Highland boys, girls sweep Duneland Sectional

Updated: February 25, 2013 1:04PM



HIGHLAND — Highland girls bowling coach Lisa Dickerson has preached to her team all season that spares — not strikes — are the most needed commodity.

The team got a little of both in the pivotal second game of Wednesday night’s Duneland Sectional championship against Hobart at Plaza Lanes. Down 20 pins after the first, the Trojans opened the second game with three strikes and kept their edge down the stretch with a strike and spare to preserve a 282-243 win over the Brickies.

The Highland boys team joined the girls as sectional champions, also defeating Hobart 357-283.

“I think the girls were nervous in that first game because it was for a title,” Dickerson said of her team, which had to bounce back from seven open frames in Game 1. “Their hands were shaking. In the second game, they slowed down and made their marks.

“And the girls had a better attitude today; I told them to hold each other up if they didn’t spare. And our No. 1 fan, Andrew Dziezak, was a great source of support. He kept saying, ‘Strikes and spares only’ to our girls all night.”

Junior Jessica Dziezak, Andrew’s younger sister, said finishing strong was also essential regardless of the pressure-packed environment.

“Sectionals are intense, and we knew spares would be the key,” Dziezak said. “We didn’t win sectional in my freshman and sophomore years, so this is exciting.”

For the Highland boys, it was truly a team effort in the second game against the Brickies. Ahead 12 pins after one game, the Trojans opened just once in the final five frames. They sealed the victory with a strike in the ninth and a double in 10th. Hobart, meanwhile, opened in five of its last six frames.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” Highland coach Janee Babbitt said. “My outstanding assistant, Tony Miller, told the boys to not give up the pocket, make their spares, and they can win. I gave the kids a speech about a month ago that they had to start bowling as team.

“And I think they’re taking that concept to heart; they’re starting to look like a team.”

Junior Jake Santos was thrilled he and his teammates finally achieved a win over a Hobart team that won the Duneland Conference.

“We weren’t able to get past them all year,” Santos said. “We bowled them like four times in row and lost, so it really feels good to beat them. But we know we’re not done yet.”



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