ROCKFORD – It was not necessarily easy, but all four teams representing the Joliet area made the cut Friday as the Girls State Bowling Tournament got rolling at Cherry Bowl.
When the six games concluded, Lockport was in fifth place with a 5,774 total, 379 pins behind leader Machesney Park Harlem. Minooka was sixth at 5,734 and Joliet West 10th at 5,577. Lincoln-Way West totaled 5,562 and held on to the 12th and final qualifying position for Saturday's final six games. The Warriors beat Andrew by 45 pins for that final spot.
Individually, Lockport senior Bailey Delrose, who has won 10 of 11 tournaments this season, is fifth with 1,302, a 217 average. She rolled a 650 series in the morning, 652 in the afternoon and trails the 1,346 of leader Kylie Frick of Schaumburg by 44 pins.
Delrose's teammate, Erin Kleffman , came through with a 1,242 total for the day for 14th place. The Porters' Jessica Ramirez finished the day with 220 and 234 games for an 1,186 total, good for 35th place.
For Minooka, Kristina Sickler shot 1,220 and was 20th. Gina Russell was at 1,202, Jenna Newton at 1,163 and Kiara Backstrom at 1,121.
Joliet West was in danger of not making the top 12, but in Game 5, Alexis Robbins shot 244 to lead the Tigers to a 1,022 game that eventually got them to Saturday. Robbins also shot 221 in Game 6, when teammate Barbara Lunsford rolled a 234, for a 1,128 total and 22nd place. Camryn Feehan closed at 1,175, Lunsford at 1,172.
Mackenzie Ullian led Lincoln-Way West with a 1,232 total for 17th place. Olivia Daujatas shot 1,110, Elizabeth Prynn 1,093, Alexandria Krupske 1,080 and Emily Paul 1,047.
Among area individuals who qualified for state, Plainfield Central's Megan Allensworth was 55th with 1,150. Kayla Dench of Plainfield East shot 1,078 and Bekah Syers of Plainfield North totaled 986. The top 30 individuals not members of advancing teams also qualify for Saturday's competition.