ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Harlem was consistent over both days of bowling. However, the Huskies consistency was not enough to bring home their third state championship in four years. Harlem settles for a repeat as state runner-up on Saturday at The Cherry Bowl.
It was the Huskies fourth consecutive season finishing as one of the top two teams in the state.
"Going in and being in the mix all four years is really something to be proud of," said Harlem senior Amanda Bohn. "I think it just shows that we work really hard and all the hours that we spend don't go for granted. I don't think we have anything to hang our heads about. We worked hard and I think this trophy is deserved, for sure."
Harlem averaged 996 pins per game over the two days, never once having a game go more than 1,050 pins in the 12-game series.
Head coach Jim Heathscott had praise for his two senior captains, Bohn and Laura Bartelt.
"They were the leaders the whole year. They fought, they kept the girls together, they kept them practicing the right way. They just led by example and kept them all together and pretty much taught them what it takes to be a champion. So next year, we're going to go for it again."
Harlem will bring back five girls with state experience, including medalists Olivia Watton and Paige Carpenter.
Oregon made it to day two of the state tournament for the first time in program history. The Co-op beat out Sycamore by one pin on Friday to earn a spot in the top 12. The Hawks finished 10th led by Rebecca Meyers. The junior finished 38th overall.
There were a couple of individual local bowlers competing on Saturday as well. Dixon sophomore Tori Baker took 34th, averaging 197 per game, while Belvidere North senior Rachel Nelson was just two pins better than baker for 33rd overall.