Varsity Womens Bowling Spare No Expense in Dominating the Panthers
by Gabriel Vara
Dark alleys are never safe, especially when the Mustang bowling team rolls through. In Nov., Northside had a comfortable win against Lakeview, which they followed up by cruising past Lane Tech and Jones for two more victories in early Dec. Matched with the Von Steuben Black Panthers at Waveland Bowl, the varsity Mustangs had no trouble cleaning out the lanes in a positive, friendly bowling match. Before the game, Sue Wee, Adv. 900, said “the [team] chemistry is good. If one person isn't doing so well, we all pick up the slack.” It was clear that the group was more than just a team; they were a family.
In the first game, Northside took the early lead and held it with great performances from the entire squad. Andrea Prest, Adv. 010, took down 110 pins in her first game. Always full of positivity, Prest never let a bad roll get her spirits down. Karina Casas, Adv 007, never missed a high five with her teammates and also totaled 148 pins while she was at it. Wee stayed focused on her game and still found time to comfort teammates while wiping out 121 pins. Team captain Hillary Nguyen, Adv. 808, set the game’s highest score with an astounding 188 pins, putting the pin-setting machine to work and keeping her team hyped. Finishing off the frame with 116 pins, Fiona Collins, Adv. 002, anchored the team to a first game win: 683 - 513. Never getting cocky, the Mustangs showed support for their opposition as well.
Not letting up in the second game, the Mustangs knocked down the most pins per frame in the whole game, showing nothing but improvement. Prest took down 16 more pins than in her first game, leading to a personal game high of 126 pins. Casas stepped up her game and knocked down a quarter of Northside's second game pins: a formidable 169 pins. Wee’s performance and positivity stayed consistent as she dropped 120 pins for the Mustangs. Nguyen remained a significant force in the second game, sending 145 pins flying. Collins put on a great finale, with 149 pins to her name by the end of the second. With a 200 pin lead on Von, the second game was secured for the Mustangs.
To cap off the game, Aida Mocanu-Vlad, Adv. 008, and Skyler Lorenty, Adv. 902, stepped in for Prest and Wee. Keeping a healthy lead on Von, the Lady Mustangs delivered another great game. Casas stayed focused and knocked over 120 pins. Nguyen stayed in the same ballpark, with 125 pins. Collins kept cool and hit 115 pins. For her first game of the night, Mocanu-Vlad cleaned out an impressive 135 pins, and fourth-game anchor Lorenty literally one-upped her with 136. Finishing off with a no-nonsense third game, Northside ended with a series total score of 2024 - 1569, winning the game. Though they were competitors, there was nothing but friendliness between the two teams all night long.