DEKALB — Rochelle senior Alyssa Mickley needed to tune out the noise during the IHSA DeKalb Regional competition at Mardi Gras Lanes on Saturday. After throwing some ear plugs in after a tough third game, Mickley rallied with a strong second-half series to lead the Lady Hub varsity bowling team to a seventh-place finish out of 11 schools. Mickley also qualified for the sectional tournament this coming weekend.
“I was really hopeful that I would qualify because this is my last season,” Mickley said. “I enjoyed going to the sectional meet during my freshman year and even though I didn’t bowl very well, the experience was what mattered most to me. I’m definitely going to feel more prepared this time around. It was really loud during the regional and I was feeling a little anxious, but I know it’s going to be louder at the sectional so I’ll be sure to bring my ear plugs again. I thought that I was pretty consistent throughout the regional.”
Mickley led all Rochelle bowlers with a 1,064 series over six games, which included high scores of 201 during the first half of the regional competition and 210 during the second half. Freshman Cassidy Vincent followed with a 1,039 series score, shooting 520 in the morning and 519 in the afternoon to clinch her first sectional tournament appearance. Vincent rolled high scores of 193 and 199 to help seal a sectional berth.
“It means a lot to me and it’s really exciting,” Vincent said. “When I’m bowling well, I feel mentally strong and it makes me feel really accomplished. I thought I definitely could’ve had a better day and I let a few of my bad scores get in my head, but I thought I bounced back when I had to. It’s going to be tougher at the sectional and I need to focus on hitting my marks, staying out of my head and focusing on the positives.”
Rochelle finished seventh with a 4,666 total score on Saturday. Sophomore Faith Adams rolled a 919 series with high scores of 188 and 170, while seniors Anna Samo and Carly Summers rounded out the Rochelle lineup with series scores of 834 and 810. Mickley and Vincent will advance to compete in the IHSA Belvidere Sectional, which will be held this Saturday, Feb. 12 at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford.
After conclusion of the Interstate 8 Conference meet, Rochelle senior Alyssa Mickley and freshman Cassidy Vincent were each named All-Conference honorees for the 2021-22 season. Vincent received First-Team All-Conference recognition, while Mickley earned an Honorable Mention for the second time in her career.
“I didn’t know what it meant to earn All-Conference, but I was really excited when I heard it,” Vincent said. “It’s a huge honor to me and it’s really exciting to earn that honor as a freshman in my first year.”
“It’s really nice to be recognized,” Mickley said. “I was hoping to make the All-Conference First Team, but I was sick halfway through the season and I was out for about two weeks. Even though I was out for that long, knowing I still made an All-Conference Honorable Mention was really impressive to me.”