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38 | February 15, 2018 | The Homer Horizon SPORTS LTHS earns sixth-straight sectional title Delrose takes the individual title, team eyes state crown Randy Whalen Freelance Reporter Perhaps when a team clinches its 23rd trip to the state finals since 1986, one might think it’s old hat. But that wasn’t the case for the Lockport Township girls bowling team last weekend. The Porters had a great sense of appreciation and excitement as they easily captured the title of the Bolingbrook Sectional by 320 pins on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. Bailey Delrose, Lockport’s only returning starter from last season’s secondplace state team, had a 1,396 total to win the individual title. It was the second sectional title for Delrose, a four-year starter for the Porters, who has committed to bowl at Maryville University. She also captured the Joliet West Sectional championship with a total of 1,374 at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet as a sophomore. “I’m ready for it,” Delrose said of her final trip to state. “We prepared ourselves the whole season, and now we are going to state. [Winning the sectional] is a good stepoff for my goal to win state. Everything we worked for is coming up this weekend.” The team standings were: Lockport (5,991), Oswego East (5,671), Sandburg (5,581) and Andrew (5,530), which edged out Neuqua Valley (5,493) for the fourth and final state-qualifying spot. The Top 4 teams, and the Top 5 individuals not on those teams, advance to the state finals. Those will be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. It was the sixth-straight sectional championship for the Porters, and their 20th in school history. “This one is one that is kind of special,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said of the 10th sectional championship he’s coached. “We had one experienced bowler back from last year. But these girls worked hard over the summer, and that hard work paid off.” Delrose won her 10th tournament of the season and had the third-highest sectional score in the entire state behind Yorkville junior Katie Orisek (1,415) and Lincoln-Way West sophomore Kenzie Ullian (1,403), who were both at the LaSalle-Peru Sectional. Delrose knocked it out of the park in the morning session with a total of 732. She then had a high of 277 in the fourth game before leveling off in the final two games. Her 1,396 total was 33 pins ahead of fellow senior SouthWest Suburban Conference bowler Emily Schrader (1,363) from Sandburg. “Bailey struggled a bit at the end, but that just proves she’s human now and then,” Cwudzinski said. “But she’s our leader. She’s special.” Some special talent is coming up for Lockport, too. Freshman Chloe Siezega (1,253, high of 235 in Game 3) and sophomore Jessica Ramirez (1,247, high of 245 in Game 4) placed sixth and seventh overall. “What more can you ask?” Lockport’s Chloe Siezega throws a warmup ball prior to the IHSA Sectional match Saturday, Feb. 10, at Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media Cwudzinski said of Siezega, who is the daughter of Porters assistant coach Lynda Siezega. “Chloe stepped up big time [in registering her new six-game series high] and is bowling like a veteran.” Chloe was ready for her opportunity. “We came here [to Brunswick Zone in Woodridge] on Wednesday [Feb. 7], so we knew what to expect,” Chloe said. “I didn’t really expect this, but it feels good to be part of the state team. I feel like I’m contributing a lot, and it feels great to be with my teammates.” Junior Erin Kleffman (1,162, high of 211 in Game 3) placed 16th overall for Lockport. Senior Kaelin Bailey Delrose fires a warmup shot prior to winning the individual sectional title. Miller (139) also started, but the Porters substituted freely, starting with sophomore Samantha Traina (299 in two games), who rolled a 160 in the second game. Freshman Maghan Bacys (311 in two games) had a 158 in the opening afternoon game, and her old sister, junior Katelyn (184), bowled the final game for Lockport. SPORTS the Homer Horizon | February 15, 2018 | 39 fastbreak Wrestling Six qualify for state for Porters out of Alton Sectional 1st and 3 Adam Jomant/ 22nd Century Media Lockport girls bowling claims sectional title to advance to state 1. Top of the pack The Lockport girls bowling team won the Bolingbrook Sectional by 320 pins Saturday, Feb. 10, with a final score of 5,991. 2. Delrose wins individual title Lockport’s Bailey Delrose, the only returning starter from last season’s second-place state team, had a 1,396 personal total to win the solo title. She also won an individual sectional title as a sophomore. 3. Hitting a career best Freshman Chloe Siezega rolled a 1,253 at the sectional, including a high of 235 in Game 3, to notch her new six-game series high. Reese wins weight class at 152 pounds Erin Redmond Freelance Reporter Matt Ramos was one point shy of making a run at a sectional title. A 3-2 double overtime decision was the difference between the Lockport wrestler going home with a thirdplace finish instead of first as he fell to the 2017 state runner-up to drop into the consolation bracket. And he came back with a vengeance. Ramos became one of six state qualifiers for the Porters, knocking off last year’s 113-pound state champion with a 10-5 decision en route to his third-place finish at the Class 3A Sectional Saturday, Feb. 10, at Alton. Lincoln- Way East also qualified two wrestlers for state. “[Because of Ramos], the returning state champ didn’t make it out of the sectional tournament,” Lockport coach Josh Oster said. “Matt’s wrestling really well. He’s in that discussion to be a state champ next week.” Of the six qualifiers, only one walked away a sectional champion: Zach Reese at 152. “It took him awhile last year to believe that he belonged in that top group of kids,” Oster said of Reese. Matt Ramos finished in third place for the Porters in his weight class at 113 pounds Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Alton Sectional. 22nd Century Media File Photo “This year, he [has] been a lot more confident, and he came in and showed it. It was no-nonsense, and he took care of business today. It was a little bit tighter in the finals than he wanted, but he wrestled well and stayed focused and kept grinding away.” Lincoln-Way East’s Nick Mihajlovich was the lone champion for the Griffins, too. The 182-pounder knocked off Yorkville’s Nick Stemmet in the title match with a 9-7 decision. “Nick had a good tournament; he set himself up nice,” Griffins coach Tyrone Byrd said. “I was pretty pleased to see him get one of the seeds, and we’ll see how that plays out as the other sectionals wrap up. He’s a junior, so it’s nice to get this experience and … he set himself up to get All-State.” Mihajlovich dominated his way through the 182 bracket, quickly pinning his Collinsville opponent in the first period of his first match of the day. He then squared off with Lockport’s Yousif Salah, who took the eventual champ to wire before being pinned with just seven seconds left in regulation. Salah, a senior, finished fourth and punched his ticket to state for the first time in his four years on varsity. He was pinned in the first round of the third-place match after knocking off his Granite City opponent 7-1 to keep his state hopes alive. Lockport’s Mike Kaminski — a 106-pound wrestler — will also head to state for the first time. The first year varsity wrestler took third after beating senior Isaiah Tapia of Moline 4-2. “He was a kid that looked a little off in the semis, looked like he was a little afraid to make a mistake,” Oster said. “We had to sit down afterwards and tell him to relax, it’s just wrestling, it’s just another match. He came out and wrestled really well after that.” Anthony Molton took second at 120 for the Porters, dropping a major decision to champ Travis Ford-Melton of Marian, who has just one loss on the entire year. Sophomore Jimmy Pierandozzi will also make the trip to state after taking third at 138. He missed a large chunk of the season, but he didn’t let that get in his way as he squeaked out a 1-0 victory over Garrett Bass of Belleville West in the thirdplace match. LWE’s Devin O’Rourke placed second in the heavyweight bracket, losing due to injury to Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jeff Griffin. O’Rourke reached the finals after besting his Lincoln-Way West counterpart, Nick Skentzos, in a 1-0 decision. “I think it was a good way for him to wrap up his senior season,” Byrd said. “We still have a little bit of work to do. We want to see both those guys on the podium.” Lockport’s stellar six and LWE’s dynamic duo now prepare for the IHSA Individual State Tournament, which kicks off Thursday, Feb. 15, at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Byrd said that staying healthy and remaining confident will be the focus for his wrestlers as they prepare to take the mat in Champaign. “They’re both capable of getting on that podium,” the LWE coach said. “We want them as high on the podium as possible. They’re both great kids and have worked hard all year. They deserve to be on the podium at the end.” As the defending state team champions, Oster said his team will undoubtedly have a target on its back at state — just as it has all year. “It’s something they’re used to,” he said. “... If it’s hard, it’s OK. Pressure is OK, as long as you know how to handle it, and we’ve been practicing with it all year.” LISTEN UP “I didn’t really expect this, but it feels good to be part of the state team. I feel like I’m contributing a lot, and it feels great to be with my teammates.” Chloe Siezega — Lockport freshman girls bowler, after helping the team win the Bolingbrook Sectional Tune In Girls bowling The final destination — Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Cherry Bowl, Rockford • The Lockport girls bowling team heads northwest with aspirations to win it all at state. Index 36 - This Week In 35- Athlete of the Week FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja,