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Bowling sectionals: CP boys, LC girls take titles

Updated: March 1, 2013 7:23PM



HOBART — Crown Point boys coach Dwayne Locher always tells his bowlers that ther can do anything they want, but they have to believe it for themselves.

His squad’s belief is definitely stronger after capturing the Westlake Sectional title on Sunday at Hobart Lanes.

Finishing 10 pins ahead of Lake Central for the second qualifying spot, the Bulldogs defeated Munster 358-305, striking on their last six shots, to earn the championship. Yet, the road to the title was paved with some uncertain moments.

“During the regular season we had our doubts,” Locher said. “When we beat Lake Central in the position round for the regular season, it kind of pumped the kids up a bit. It gave them the confidence to not give up. If they don’t have confidence in their own games, they won’t have confidence with each other.

“It’s great that we advanced to regional and finished ahead of Lake Central — even greater that we won. We almost gave it away, but we came through when we needed to as a team.”

Senior Matt Locher said the team’s ability to slow down after the first game made a big difference.

“We started making better shots then,” he said. “I have total faith in this team, and I think we’ll do fine down the stretch.”

Munster grabbed the top qualifying spot, coming back from an early 77-pin deficit by shooting 968 in the Baker block — surprising head coach Scott Hansen in the process.

“The boys were awesome today,” he said. “They came out to bowl today and I’m proud of every one of them. They came out of nowhere in the Bakers, which is not our strongest suit. We had Crown Point where we wanted them in the championship.”

On the girls side, Lake Central was the lone advancing squad, with only four teams in the conference. The Indians shot 2,588 — distancing themselves from Merrillville, which was behind just 95 pins after the first two games, but came up short by 212 pins after Bakers.

“We were switching girls out all day, and those switches really worked for us,” Lake Central coach Stephanie Strickland said. “Our depth really worked to our advantage today.”

In singles, Lake Central’s Allison Sellers edged Merrillville’s Carly Larson 217-200 for the girls title. An open in the 10th frame by Sellers gave Larson an open door to win, but she left a stone seven-pin on her first shot in the 10th. For the boys, it was an all-Lake Central final as Nathan Maciejewski defeated Ryan Gorman 210-171 for the crown.



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