Lady Bruins Wrecked at Regionals

By Rachel Haywood
Staff Writer

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1st Row- Dallas Recker, Christian Stout, Gabe Ulrey, Coach Ken Koneval. 2nd Row- Coach Blaine Ulrey, Tyler Ferguson, Brian Stillwell, and Nick Potts. The Boy’s Bowling Team at Regionals posing with their trophy and medals.

Saturday February 2, the five Northrop students (Fischer, LaFontaine, Haywood, Ferguson, and Potts) who advanced out of Sectionals the previous week bowled in the Individual Regional competition. At 8 a.m., these student athletes bowled three games against others from five different conferences around Indiana. This particular portion of the competition allowed 14 girls and 18 guys to advance to Semi-State. Unfortunately, none of Northrop’s bowlers officially advanced. Junior Alexa Fischer had a series of 509 and will be the first alternate bowler in the next round. Senior Nick Potts and freshman Megan LaFontaine tied with a series of 451, Rachel Haywood had a series of 442, and senior Tyler Ferguson had a series of 530. The competition was very tough, and for most on the team, there’s always next year to advance.

The team event followed shortly at 1 p.m. Teams of five bowled two regular games and were then seeded to play five baker games. After their two regular games, the Lady Bruins were seeded eight out of eight with a series of 1332. The boys were seeded third, which gave them a better chance of advancing out to Semi-State. Both teams bowled their baker games, the ladies still in last place, and the boys were still in third. Unfortunately, the Lady Bruins’ bowling season has officially ended as they could not manage to bowl well enough to advance. Some players thought that the downfall of the girls’ team was partially caused by the disappointment in the singles event. The negative energy transferred from one event to the next, and not everyone could stay focused long enough to stay afloat.

The boys’ team, however, did advance. From third place, the boys bowled in the stepladder to determine the Regional Champs. First bowling Wayne High School, Northrop defeated the Generals. After competing against and beating the Snider Panthers, Northrop bowled against Elkhart Memorial. As the pressure steadily rose, some players cracked under the anticipation, missing some easy spares and should-have-been strikes. In the end, the Northrop boys advanced into Semi-State as Regional Champions. That moment was bittersweet for the Northrop Bruins because last year, the girls team had advanced out of Regionals with the Champion trophy and the boys fell short. This year, the roles are reversed. Semi-State competition this year is at Chippewa Bowl in South Bend, with the team even starting around 1 p.m.

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