Girls Bowling: Lady Hubs finish fifth at Interstate 8 Conference Championship

The Rochelle girls bowling team finished fifth in the Interstate 8 Conference Championship at Mardi Gras Lanes on Tuesday. Above from left to right are Carly Summers, Cassie Moore, Anna Samo, Kiya Porter, Alyssa Mickley and Alyssa Schwanert. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Mickley receives All-Conference Honorable Mention for season

DEKALB — Sophomore Alyssa Mickley led the Rochelle girls bowling team to a fifth-place finish in the Interstate 8 Conference Championship at Mardi Gras Lanes on Tuesday. Mickley earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention for the season, and she totaled a team-high 1,054 series over six games in the tournament. The Lady Hubs knocked down 4,861 total pins.

“Alyssa has done a great job of building more consistency this season,” head coach Joey Johanning said. “She doesn’t let one bad game affect her and she stays even-keeled throughout every series she bowls… Her consistency and her mindset have been huge for her.”

The Rochelle bowlers grew stronger as their first series progressed, recording team scores of 761, 802 and 894 over the first three games. Mickley and sophomore teammate Alyssa Schwanert were neck-and-neck during the first half of the tournament, with Schwanert notching a 525 series and Mickley following with a 524 series and a high game of 201.

“The girls bowled really well,” Johanning said. “We picked up a lot of our spares today. We always preach about picking up spares, and those went a long way for us today.”

The Lady Hubs worked through the second half of the tournament in a similar fashion to how they opened the afternoon, rolling team scores of 750, 777 and 877 to close out the meet. Mickley led Rochelle with a 530 series and a high score of 208, while Schwanert added a 477 series and a high score of 188. The Lady Hubs will begin their postseason run in the IHSA Dixon Regional at Plum Hollow Lanes on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 a.m.

“We’re definitely going to have a tough regional,” Johanning said. “But for us, it goes back to the fundamentals. We need to pick our spares up and every pin matters. The strikes will come for us, but converting those spares will be paramount.”

LaSalle-Peru

The Rochelle girls bowling team continued Interstate 8 Conference play against LaSalle-Peru on the road this past Wednesday. The Lady Hubs fell by a score of 3,017-2,254 to drop to 3-12 overall.

LaSalle-Peru claimed the first game 982-753 over Rochelle behind Cassidy Antle's 256. Sophomore Alyssa Schwanert rolled 172 for the Lady Hubs, with sophomore Alyssa Mickley adding 158 and junior Kiya Porter shooting 151.

The Cavaliers extended their lead with a 930-752 victory in the second game before cruising over Rochelle in the third game by a score of 1,105-749. Isabella Weber totaled 228 in the final game for LaSalle-Peru, while Antle bowled 177 to finish with a match-high 588 series. Mickley recorded 162 and led the Lady Hubs with a 456 series.

Oregon

The Rochelle girls bowling team faced the Oregon Hawks this past Thursday for its third meet in as many days. The Lady Hubs fell by a score of 3,498-2,553 and moved to 3-13 on the season.

Oregon rolled over Rochelle 1,163-847 in the opening game, with Alysa Conley shooting 224 for the Hawks and Alyssa Mickley leading the Lady Hubs with 180. Alyssa Schwanert followed with 173 on the Rochelle side, while Kiya Porter totaled 157 in the first game.

The Hawks outscored the Lady Hubs 1,147-820 in the second game despite Schwanert shooting 224 for Rochelle. Sammantha Meyers recorded 222 on the Oregon side, and Hannah Kaltenbrun added 220 for the Hawks.

Kaltenbrun (223), Meyers (219) and Elizabeth Villareal (212) all put up big numbers for Oregon in the third game, which the Hawks won 1,188-886. Schwanert shot 188 to finish with a team-high 585 series for the Lady Hubs, with Mickley totaling 182 and ending the evening with a 521 series.

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