Where: The Cherry Bowl in Rockford.|
When: Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with first-round action starting at 9:45 a.m. today and Saturday. there will be a cut after today's action, with the top 12 teams advancing to Saturday's finals.
Local interest: The Moline team, which won last weekend's United Township Sectional title, will be carrying the Quad-Cities banner this weekend against the 23 other qualifying teams in Rockford. Those who propelled the Maroons to the state finals were Jessica Howell (So.), Aimee Becht (Jr.), Brooke Lodge (Jr.), Kiley Miller (Jr.) and Hannah Ceurvorst (Sr.). Potential subs for Moline are Lucy Hubbard (So.), MichelleAnn Sanchez (Jr.) and Katelyn Zelnio (Sr.).
For comparison: Obviously lane conditions varied at each site, but for comparison purposes, the Maroons' 6,119 sectional score was fourth-best across the state. The Maroons were behind only Oswego East (6,582), Aurora Waubonsie Valley (6,530) and Collinsville (6,253). Only three other schools topped 6,000.
What to look for: It has been a season of firsts for the Moline Maroons bowling team, and this weekend is no different. Fresh off its first Western Big 6 Conference crown and first sectional title, the second-year program looks to make noise in its second state gathering.
The Maroons, who placed 23rd at state last season, have cruised through this postseason so far. They rolled a 5,948 score at the Big 6 meet and topped that with a 6,119 sectional score — both events at Moline's Highland Park Bowl. Moline dominated in the conference meet, collecting the top four individual spots. The Maroons won the sectional by 577 pins.
Howell has had a memorable postseason, collecting individual titles in both events. Her sectional title last weekend was the first from a WB6 bowler since 2007. Howell bowled a 1,342 in the WB6 event and a 1,360 at sectional.
Aimee Becht has knocked out 2,512 pins in the two postseason meets. Moline's lone senior, Hannah Ceurvorst, fired a combined 2,216 between the conference meet and sectional.
Moline coach Matt Woods says: "We've been on a roll at Highland the last couple of weeks. The girls have really gelled and came together all year. Hannah Ceurvorst is our lone senior and has shown great leadership and is always there to get the team going. From top to bottom we have been good, and it's because when one girls falls, another picks her up. Last year, we were like a deer in the headlights at the Cherry Bowl. This year, we're coming in a little more focused. The lane patterns are very similar."
-- By Anthony Sandoval, firstname.lastname@example.org