ROCKFORD — Sarah Klawitter ended the state bowling meet in the position no one wants to be in Saturday.
The Evergreen Park senior finished 13th, one spot shy of becoming a medalist and earning All-State honors.
“I’m so disappointed that I didn’t do it,” she said. “I’m so honored to finish so high, but it’s tough knowing I could have been higher.”
The end result may have left a bitter taste in Klawitter’s mouth, but she finished her high school career with a stellar day, moving up from 29th place following Friday’s action to become the Southland’s top finisher with 2,588 pins over 12 games at The Cherry Bowl.
Lockport, the lone area team to advance to the second day of competition, finished 11th with 11,823 pins. Waubonsie Valley (12,416) repeated as champion behind individual winner Julia Bond (2,817).
Klawitter skyrocketed up the standings behind a 279 in Saturday’s opener and a 278 in the fourth game. The latter put her in fifth place, but she struggled to scores of 191 and 178 in the final two games to fall to 17 pins out of a medalist spot.
“Bowling a 279 and a 278 at state felt awesome,” she said. “Being in fifth place at one time was crazy. It showed that I can be up there with all the top bowlers in the state.
“The last two games, I just couldn’t carry. When I had the one bad game, I was really motivated to make up for it in the last game, but it just wasn’t there.”
Nicole Troha (28th, 2,513) and Nikki Mendez (39th, 2,467) paced Lockport, which began the day in 11th and never put together the big game it needed to move up.
“We were trying to string everything together, but every time we got something going, there’d be a split or something,” Troha said. “We’d lose all our mojo and have to do it all over again.
“We had a lot of fun, though, and you’ll always remember the memories, not what you shot every game.”
Ashley Hostert (60th, 2,334), Marissa Soverino (67th, 2,298) and Carly Ciolino (71st, 2,211) also contributed for Lockport, which finished fourth last season.
“We bowled good, we just never really got going the way we needed to,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “The girls kept fighting, though. I’m really proud of them and the season we had.”
Sandburg’s Jessica Colson (2,468) finished 37th, Reavis’ Ashley Kouba (2,458) 41st and Lemont’s Kyra Udziela (2,403) 52nd. Andrew’s Lauren Welch (2,329) and Jessie Hallas (2,280) were 61st and 69th, respectively.