Girls Bowling: Peotone’s Stacy Garrard second at Eisenhower Invitational
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 28, 2013 10:52PM
Stacy Garrard (left), of Peotone, high-fives her mom, Sue Garrard, the coach, during the Eisenhower Invitational at Burr Oak Bowl in Blue Island. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 2, 2013 6:14AM
As her sophomore season nears its conclusion, Peotone bowler Stacy Garrard is taking her game to a whole new level.
Monday, Garrard gained a lot of confidence before Saturday’s sectional by finishing third in the Eisenhower Invitational at Burr Oak Bowl in Blue Island.
Garrard finished with 615 over three games (a 205 average) and trailed only Sandburg’s Nicole Powell (656) and Tinley Park’s Michelle Marban (647) individually in the 24-team event.
“I’ve never bowled this well before,” Garrard said. “This was a good confidence builder. I was just hitting my marks. It was a really nice day.”
Garrard had the highest score of the tournament, a 269 in Game 2, which was sandwiched between scores of 180 and 166.
“I’ve just been growing a lot as a bowler lately,” she said. “I’ve been listening to my coach, who’s my mom (Sue Garrard) and doing well.”
Lemont had the top finish among local teams, taking fifth with 2,589 pins, 101 behind champion Lincoln-Way North.
It was a disappointing outcome for the Indians, who were coming off wining the South Suburban Blue Tournament title.
Lemont coach Mark Hollatz, though, was happy with how the Indians responded from an 805 in Game 1, which put them in 13th place. They posted scores of 901 and 883 over the final two games.
“I guess I’d rather we bowl better late than early,” he said. “We should have been in contention for the title, but that first game put us way behind. We improved, but we had dug ourselves too big of a hole.”
Amanda Kolar (8th, 569) and Kyra Udziela (9th, 562) led Lemont.
“After that first game, we just told each other to pick it up,” Kolar said. “Our teamwork was great and having my teammates’ support really helped me out.”
Joliet Central’s Alysha Guthrie (576) was seventh. Peotone finished seventh, Romeoville 12th and Joliet Central 14th.