WEST CHICAGO – Appropriately, the team with the first two school colors matching those in the name of the Black and Blue and Orange Bowling Tournament competed in the team title games on Saturday.
St. Charles North, with team colors of black and blue, topped Neuqua Valley in a two-game series to take the first-place girls' trophy at Bowling Green Sports Center.
“I’m very happy. We’ve been bowling very well this season,” North coach Lindsay Madej said. "It’s a testament to our season that we are still bowling this well. There’s no letdown even though (Christmas) break is on peoples’ mind. They were very focused.”
The St. Charles East girls finished fourth in the team competition.
Black, blue and orange were also well-represented in awards handed out for the morning’s individual competitions.
East’s Erin Heuer took first place for individual high game with a score of 245. The junior also took second place for the individual series high with a total pinball of 627.
“The support from my teammates really kept me going,” Heuer said.
“She was lower than her usual average the past couple of weeks,” added East girls coach Tom Cole. “We adjusted some things. It helped, so now she is doing really well.”
North’s Ashley England garnered second place for a single game (242) while teammate Bobbi Jo Buhlman finished third for high series (611).
England attributed her success to using a heavier bowling ball. The senior went from a 12- to a 14-pounder.
“I got a new ball which seems to be helping a lot,” England said. “I’m hitting my marks.”
Dean Mudlong of East tied for third with Curtis Majka of Elgin for boys’ high game with scores of 255.
Lyons’ Mike Kicmal took top honors for both individual (268) and series (711) scores.
The tournament does take its name from East and North‘s school colors although now only East hosts the event.
To qualify for the team championship round, squads played eight games using the Baker format, where five teammates each bowl two frames. The scores from these games were added to the results from the morning’s individual competition to arrive at a total team score.
North was the top qualifying girls team with a score of 4,509. East finished third with 4,115 points. Geneva (2,635) finished eighth in the 10-team field.
Both St. Charles boys teams just missed competing in the championship team round. East finished sixth among the 12 boys teams with a score of 4,634, while North came in seventh, tallying a 4,570. Geneva (4,395) took ninth place.
“I’m not disappointed,” East boys coach Steve Dessauer said. "We still have a lot of things to learn. We still have to work on our spares. We just got step up our game a little better.”