Girls’ bowling finishes second in North Suburban Conference meet

In their North Suburban Conference meet, Stevenson’s girls’ bowling team finished second overall and had three players earn all-conference honors. Kaitlyn Rudy ’16 was Stevenson’s top qualifier, finishing in fourth place with a total score of 1,148. Xanthe Coulson ’16 and Samantha Schmidt ’16 finished 13th and eighth respectively.

“Before lunch we had a really rough start and weren’t playing like we were accustomed to,” Rudy said. “We were sitting in fifth place, and I was in twenty third place.”

It wasn’t just Rudy who was struggling; Coulson and Schmidt were also having a difficult match.

However, the team rallied back in the afternoon passing Antioch, Lake Zurich and Libertyville to finish in second place.

“After lunch we had more fun and were coming up with jokes, which allowed us to be more relaxed, which made us play better,” Rudy said.

The team felt more relaxed after lunch, and they got back to doing what they do best. Also, the team has cheers after each girl’s shot which is intended to make the bowler feel good afterwards.

“The point of those cheers are to keep the energy going and to make the player feel good after they just bowled their shot,” Rudy said. “By doing this we keep the energy up and everybody starts feeding of that energy.”

That was a huge component for them to start climbing up in the standings in the afternoon session. However, the team did finish behind Warren who led from the opening frame and edged out Stevenson by 127 pins.

“Even though we don’t get anything for finishing second, it was still amazing to see how well everybody did,” Coulson said.

Overall the team finished with a total score of 5,063 which put them in second place. With this loss, their season is over, which means they will be saying goodbye to the five players who will be graduating in May.

“I was very proud of our team, as we ended up finishing second overall, and had three players who earned all conference honors,” coach Gina Johnson said. “It was a great performance by them and the way they were able to battle back.”