O'FALLON – Geneva senior Jason Soto capped his career with a 63rd-place finish at the IHSA State Boys Bowling Meet at St. Clair Bowl, which concluded Saturday.
Soto – who only began bowling seriously as a freshman after he tired of wrestling and did not make the basketball team – totaled 2,388 pins over 12 games, a 199 average.
While that mark came in below a season average that hovered between 210 and 215, Soto left for home as a trailblazer just the same. He was the first Geneva boys bowler to represent the school at state.
"Jason had a decent morning and a tough afternoon," Vikings coach Jordan Zimberoff said. "But it was exciting to have him come here and make it to the second day. A great experience."
As with Friday's opening two rounds, Soto delivered his best performance in his second game of the day. He shot a 258 then Saturday and closed the first round with a 210 in his third game.
Bad luck struck shortly thereafter, as the ball return removed a chunk from Soto's ball early in the final round.
"He had other equipment, but it wasn't the optimal stuff for the shots at the time," Zimberoff said.
St. Charles North 64, Elgin 38: At St. Charles, Morgan Rosencrants (23 points) and Nichole Davidson (15) took charge for North, which won for the sixth time in seven games.
The North Stars (12-11, 6-4 Upstate Eight Conference River Division) climbed above .500 for the first time this season.
IC Catholic Prep 50, Aurora Christian 49: At Elmhurst, Aurora Christian (12-12, 4-5 SCC Gold) fell despite 18 points for Alyssa Andersen and 13 rebounds from Natasha Brown.
Geneva wins 2A state title: At U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Geneva (92.38) edged Vernon Hills (91.74) for the IHSA Class 2A Competitive Dance state title. Geneva is coached by Amy Van Wagenen.
St. Francis placed fourth in the 1A competition.