Bowling: Hanover, Boone Grove takes Suburban Sectional titles
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent January 26, 2013 11:06PM
Boone Grove bowlers (L-R) Mattie Smith, Haley Steinhilber, Vanessa Strickland and Paige Kraushaar watch as teamates compete during the fourth annual Post-Tribune Preseason Bowl O-Rama boys and girls bowling tournament held at Stardust II in Hobart on Sunday October 23rd, 2011. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 28, 2013 7:15AM
HEBRON — Despite qualifying for Saturday’s Suburban Sectional final match more than 200 pins behind regular-season champion Lowell, the Hanover Central boys executed like champions in the two-game Baker final against the Red Devils at Hebron Lanes.
The Wildcats started to find their form in the five-game Baker portion of qualifying and then posted a 419-329 victory over Lowell for the title. In the girls division, Boone Grove easily qualified in the top spot and then cruised past Hanover Central 351-279.
All four squads advance to Saturday’s Michigan City Regional.
“I told them that had to become an entity,” Hanover Central boys coach Martha Vasquez said. “I gave them a pep talk and reminded them that they have the ability as much as any of the other teams out there — and they showed that today.”
Hanover senior Kevin Beemster said that Baker competition is team’s strength.
“We were getting tired, but we knew that we’re at our strongest in Baker,” he said. “We put up five scores over 190, and that allowed us to advance to regionals. We’re so happy right now.”
Lowell, which earned its first Suburban Conference this season, has battled through some injuries, as well as some visible struggles in Baker competition.
“We’re just not a very good baker team,” Red Devils coach Wes Elliott said. “You put our five top boys out there, and they can compete with anybody. But when it comes to Baker, for some reason we struggle. I just don’t have the answer.”
The Boone Grove girls started slow out of the gate with a 741, but rebounded with 1,052 and coasted in Bakers with 912.
“Our spare shooting was bad in the first game,” Wolves senior Paige Kraushaar said. “We got back into the groove and it always starts with Kayla Yadron on top. Regionals will be tough with all the great teams, but we’re not expecting anything less than to make it to state.”
For the Wildcats, they were neck-and-neck with Lowell all day, eventually overtaking the Red Devils by just 14 pins for the second advancing spot.
“They did outstanding,” Hanover girls coach Sandi Perez said. “We finished fourth in conference and really didn’t think we had a chance. But the girls pulled it all together today. A combination of attitude and spares made the difference.”
In the girls singles, Kraushaar was the top qualifier with a 620 series and defeated teammate Angelique McKeny 207-196 for the title. For the boys, Hebron’s Tim Victor was the top qualifier with a 680 series and defeated Dylan Myers (636) of Lowell 209-160 for the crown.