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homerhorizon.com SPORTS the Homer Horizon | January 25, 2018 | 47 fastbreak Girls Bowling Porters retain SWSC crown in Woodridge 1st and 3 Julie McMann/ 22nd Century Media LTHS boys, girls basketball both play on Veterans Night 1. Finishing 1-1 The Lockport girls team beat Morton 60-41, while the Porters boys team fell to Sandburg 62-56 in overtime, on Friday, Jan. 19, at LTHS’s East Campus. 2. Setting the tone Lockport boys basketball player Matt Hatzopoulos had a game-high 19 points in the second game, while junior forward Jacqueline Maka chipped in 12 points for the Porters girls team in their win. 3. Honored guests Among the veterans in attendance were five individuals who served in World War II, including Homer Glen resident Floy Pelletier, 100, who was in the Air Force from 1942-1946. Lockport bowlers throw collective 5,754 to take first by nearly 300 pins Erin Redmond Freelance Reporter For Lockport’s Bailey Delrose, the Southwest Suburban Conference Championship was lucky No. 7. The Porters’ ace picked up her seventh individual championship, leading her team to back-to-back conference titles Saturday, Jan. 20, at Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. The win maintained Lockport’s undefeated record this season, taking the crown with a team total of 5,754. Andrew took second, scoring a 5,475, while Sandburg took fourth with a 5,273. Despite being a favorite in the SWSC, Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said he still considered the victory a “tremendous accomplishment” given the graduation of five of his Top 6 bowlers from last year. “The girls didn’t really [have a lot of varsity experience] other than Bailey Delrose, who has been our leader all year,” the Porters coach said. “The other girls haven’t had a lot of experience, and everyone chipped in and did their job. I just “Bailey’s been our leader all year ... She’s averaging 230 in competition, which is unheard of, in my eyes; I’ve never seen anything like it.” Art Cwudzinski — Lockport girls bowling coach, on his top bowler, Bailey Delrose, who won another individual championship and led her team to the conference title think it’s tremendous.” Delrose, who shot a 1,362, was one of two Lockport bowlers in the Top 5. Jessica Ramirez was the other, finishing fifth with a 1,187. The competition was close for most of the morning before Lockport split the tournament open with a score of 1,084 in Game 3, thanks to big performances by its top bowlers. “Bailey’s been our leader all year,” Cwudzinski said. “... She’s averaging 230 in competition, which is unheard of, in my eyes; I’ve never seen anything like it. Jessica [Ramirez] has been our second-best bowler most of the year, along with Erin Kleffman. Those three have been our Top 3 all year. To win, we need those three, and they came through.” But the Porters weren’t the only team with multiple top finishers. Runner-up Andrew saw four of its bowlers nab spots in the Top 11 at conference. The Thunderbolts were led by Sami Bockstahler, who tallied a 1,194 and led the first half of the tournament after shooting a 618 in the morning. Amber Furhman finished eighth for Andrew, while Noelle Doody and Jessica Du took 10th and 11th, respectively. Du was a large part of Andrew’s afternoon success, bowling a 265 in a crucial Game 4. She led the team to its highest score of the day, a 1,013, to solidify their second-place standing. “As a team, [Du] just kind of took the lead, and the rest of them followed,” Andrew coach Katie Gibson said. “All it takes is one girl to kind of spark, and then, boom, we’re on a roll. She bowled a 613 in the afternoon.” Game 4 seemed to ignite the fire for Sandburg, too, which bowled its best game. The Eagles shot a 944 — well above its team average of 892 — and were led by Emily Schrader with a 225 and Alyssa Novak, who bowled a 202. “Some of the other teams had a lot better than expected games for themselves,” Sandburg coach Joe Geiger said. “We did our best, they did even better, but we were still happy. We were still in the hunt for second, but the fifth game, we just fell apart.” The Eagles saw a dramatic difference between Games 4 and 5, shooting a 786 in the latter. Geiger said a few open frames snowballed into a mental shift in his team, one they were unable to overcome. But despite the rough finish, the Eagles coach was still positive about the team’s performance overall and noted Emily Schrader’s third-place finish as a key part of its success. Schrader tallied a 1,261 individually. “That’s why she’s our last bowler. ... She’s someone you want to have in those [close] situations,” Geiger said. “She’s so in love with bowling. She’s going to do it in college and all her life. She’s someone who takes it to heart and really understands the game. She’s a bowl-a-holic.” Lincoln-Way West finished third (5,327), while Lincoln-Way East was fifth (5,266) and Central was sixth (4,870). Thornridge (4,551), Stagg (4,386) and Bolingbrook (4,122) rounded out the tournament. All the teams will have a two-week break before the regional tournaments on Feb. 3. And between now and then, Lockport, Andrew and Sandburg all have a goal of improving one aspect of their game: spares. “The biggest thing we have to improve on is our spare shooting; yesterday was not good at all,” Cwudzinski said. “The other girls aren’t that experienced in competition at the varsity level, but for us to be where we have to be to contend for a Top 10 spot at state, our spare shooting definitely has to get better.” Geiger agreed. “We definitely have to work on our spare game,” he said. ”…We’ve been in Orland all year basically bowling all our matches, and we’re not home anymore. We just have to get away from that and realize there’s different lanes.” And Gibson relayed the same sentiments to her team. “Leaving a 7-pin, leaving a 10-pin, it’s not the end of the world,” she said. “The goal is to knock down all 10 pins, and luckily we get two balls to do it.” LISTEN UP “This is all about kids learning to grow up, and this is an opportunity to see people who have really done big-time stuff.” Brett Hespell — Lockport boys basketball coach, on the students honoring those who served on Veterans Night Tune In Boys Basketball Squaring off with Stagg — 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Stagg • The Porters try to get back in the winning column when they venture to Palos Hills to do battle with the Chargers. Index 41 - Athlete of the Week 41- This Week In FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja, tom@ homerhorizon.com.

homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | www.homerhorizon.com | January 25, 2018 Striking a spark Lockport girls bowling wins conference meet as result of strong team performance, Page 47 Military might Nearly 100 veterans attend LTHS girls, boys basketball doubleheader on night in their honor, Pages 44-45 Porters poised for another postseason run after dominating tourney, Page 46 Lockport’s Malik Daghash (right) attempts to take down Lincoln- Way East’s Chris Wilder Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament in Palos Hills. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media QUALITY HEART CARE from Diagnosis to Recovery paloshealth.com + Sophisticated Surgical and Minimally Invasive Options + Treating Complex Cardiac Arrhythmia through Electrophysiology Visit paloshealth.com tolearn more ortofind aCardiologist today.