FAIRFIELD — The Wilmington High School girls bowling team won the Division I Sectional bowling tournament at Rollhouse.
“It was the first time, since I started coaching, that I had a team that was ranked No. 1 in the Southwest coaches poll and won sectionals,” WHS head coach Joe Gigandet said. “Some of our team scores were a little lower than what we were used to but that is partially because the oil pattern is a challenge pattern now.”
Last season, Wilmington was the sectional runnerup. Kylie Fisher was the 2022 sectional champion.
This season, Tori Piatt led the Hurricane with a 519 series (192, 168, 159). She was third overall. Ari Machuca of Batavia won the tournament with a 554 series.
“The girls are looking forward to competing at districts next week,” Gigandet said. “It will definitely be the most important contest we’ve had all season.”
Wilmington will bowl in the Division I Southwest District Girls Bowling Championship tournament March 3 at Beaver-Vu Lanes.
From the start of the Division I sectional on Tuesday, Wilmington jumped on the field with an 861 game. Next high was 733 by Ross. By the end of the trio of team games, Wilmington was still on top but by 71 pins over SBAAC rival Batavia. With eight teams going from the sectional to the district, there was little chance the Hurricane wouldn’t continue their season next week.
But Gigandet’s squad put the hammer down in the baker games, finishing with a tournament best 966 six-game total. Wilmington’s season average for baker games was 162.9 so just right at that number in this event.
WHS had five bowlers in the top 25 among individuals. Piatt trailed only teammate Kylie Fisher after one game, 193 to 192. Neither was able to match that number in the next two games but Piatt went third and Fisher, a state qualifier last season who placed ninth overall, was fifth.
Feb 21, 2023
Div I Sectional
Top 8 (to districts): Wilmington 3369, Batavia 3191, Ross 3095, Lakota West 3025, Harrison 3005, Kings 2970, New Richmond 2944, Northwest 2942
WHS: Kiley Comberger 177, 147, 156 (480); Lila Carter 138, 142, 177 (457); Tori Piatt 192, 168, 159 (519); Lexus Reiley 161, 127, 156 (444); Kylie Fisher 193, 158, 152 (503)
Baker games 151, 167, 171, 154, 154, 169 (966)
It was the first time, since I started coaching, that I had a team that was ranked #1 in the Southwest coaches poll and won sectionals. Some of our team scores were a little lower than what we were used to but that is partially because the oil pattern is a challenge pattern now. Tori led the way for our team with a 519 series (192,168,159). ( I currently can’t see where she finished in the house though) The girls are looking forward to competing at Districts next week. It will definitely be the most important contest we’ve had all season.