DIXON — The Rochelle girls bowling team concluded its season in the IHSA Dixon Regional at Plum Hollow Lanes on Saturday. The Lady Hubs finished 10th overall, scoring 3,823 pins.
Sophomore Alyssa Schwanert led Rochelle with a 913 series and a high game of 164, while junior Kiya Porter added 828 pins and sophomore Anna Samo totaled 768 pins. Rochelle knocked down 1,975 pins over the first three games of regional action, recording team games of 654, 672 and 649.
"I thought the girls did well overall," head coach Joey Johanning said. "It was a new environment for players like Anna and Carly [Summers]. Alyssa [Mickley] was hurt over the last few games, which hurt her chances of going to sectionals. Alyssa [Schwanert] bowled well, and overall, I was impressed with how the girls worked as a team."
The Lady Hubs closed the tournament with 1,848 pins over the last three games and team scores of 656, 642 and 550. Sophomore Alyssa Mickley and senior Cassie Moore combined for 976 pins in the regional event.
"We stress picking up spares all season long, and the girls saw that during the regional," Johanning said. "Spares are the keys to success. The strikes will come, but the spares need to be picked up, and not letting one game have too high or low of an effect will help the girls mentally."
The regional tournament closed out the 2019-20 season for the Lady Hubs, who finished 3-13 overall with two Interstate 8 Conference wins over the Ottawa Pirates. A small roster made tournaments difficult on the Rochelle team, but with only one graduating senior (Cassie Moore), Johanning is optimistic for the future of the program.
"I was very pleased with the season," Johanning said. "The girls put a lot of work in this season, and their improvements were definitely visible. Getting those wins at the end of the season really helped their confidence, and we'll have some momentum going into the offseason."
Rochelle concluded the season with four sophomores in its varsity lineup including Alyssa Mickley, Alyssa Schwanert, Anna Samo and Carly Summers. Junior Kiya Porter will also be eligible to return next season. With nearly their whole lineup possible returning for the 2020-21 season, the Lady Hubs are looking to keep improving in the offseason.
"Their drive and determination excites me the most," Johanning said. "We have a few more years to keep building them up. I know that Anna and Carly are getting new balls soon, and I'm sure the two Alyssas will have some new equipment as well. I know the girls will continue to work on their skills."