ELGIN – Wood bowling lanes often pose a double challenge to those going toe-to-toe with them.
Not only must a bowler solve the oil patterns, but the intricacies of a possibly worn or warped surface, as well.
St. Charles North girls bowlers proved quick studies during Tuesday’s 2,809 to 2,090 victory against Larkin at Elgin Lanes, which offers a wood – not synthetic – setting.
After rolling an 864 in their first game, the North Stars kept climbing, eventually producing a season-best 1,019 in Game 3.
“The girls are doing an amazing job of adjusting to their conditions, and that’s a big difference between this year and years past,” North coach Lindsay Madej said.
Bobbi Jo Buhlman (590) and Mari Elias (564) scored the top series for North, while Lynn Byers’ 245 was the team’s high game. North’s team score also was its best for a dual this season.
“We’re right where we want to be right now,” Madej said.
Morris 3,577, Kaneland 2,328: At Echo Lanes in Morris, Christie Crews (434) and Dominique Lee (433) rolled Kaneland’s top series in the Northern Illinois Big 12 dual.
Kaneland 63, Hinckley-Big Rock 38: At Hinckley, John Pruett (16 points), Ty Carlson (15) and Dylan Vaca (14) led the balanced offensive output for Kaneland (4-2) in the nonconference win.
The Knights busted open a close game with a 31-2 blitz in the third quarter.
Newark 60, Aurora Christian 57: At Newark, Johnathan Harrell scored 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep Aurora Christian (3-4) from dropping its fourth straight game.