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Bowling team heating up heading into conference tournament

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Mark Johnson – mjohnson@shawmedia.com)
Morris bowler Savannah Strange points something out on Senior Night this past week as she was honored that night with her fellow classmates. On Thursday, Strange bowled a 300 game in Northern Illinois Big 12 competition.

On Tuesday, the Morris girls bowling team rolled its highest series total of the season, a 3,581, to defeat DeKalb by 586 pins at Echo Lanes.

Two days later, the Redskins won by an even larger margin, defeating Rochelle, 3,483-2,862, to improve to 7-1 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference.

Coach Harry Banks is pleased with what he has seen as Morris heads into the NIB12 Tournament, which is scheduled for Monday at Dixon’s Plum Hollow Lanes. The Redskins’ final conference dual will follow Wednesday at Streator.

“We’ve been bowling good the last two weeks,” Banks said. “We’re knocking down a lot of pins. We’re definitely peaking at the right time.”

Last Saturday, the Redskins finished second only to Minooka at their own Charles Butterfield Invitational, rolling a 6,038.

Their recent scores have been consistently higher than the ones they had early in the season.

“The first two months, or the first month and a half, whatever it was, I don’t wanna say I was disappointed, but I had a higher expectation for the girls,” Banks said. “Now they’re right where I thought they would be.”

Three Redskins – Savannah Strange, Amber Benson and Taylor Warwick – placed in the top 10 at the Butterfield Invitational. Warwick and Strange alternated leading the Redskins this week, with Warwick bowling a career-best, 727, Tuesday and Strange capping a 705 series Thursday with a 300 in Game 3.

Warwick had the first 300 game in the program’s history on Dec. 11, 2012, at Kaneland.

“Even when I had my 300, I wasn’t even close to a 700 [series], because I threw my 300 my first game, so then my second two games, I was all [shaken] up from my first game, so they were bad,” Warwick said Tuesday.

Jessica Winter, Imelda Garcia and Skylar Easson have also solidified spots in the varsity lineup.

“We’re six deep, and we have six girls who can really bowl, which puts us in a nice position,” Banks said.

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