Click here to review the 1996-97 Kaneland Bowling Season
Nine year coach Jim McKnight says, "It's typical for us that we get girls interested early and in part due to our rural location, many of the girls eventually find other activities or we lose them to jobs."
But this year McKnight has seven returning bowlers from last year. The varsity will be led by senior Kelly Ferdinand, who averaged about 150 last year. She is bolstered by three juniors - Shannon Minson (150), Angie Heath (145) and Jenna Schmidt (135).
Beth Greyer who averaged about 130 per game as a freshman, will also be a key player for the team of limited experience.
1997-98 Kaneland Bowling Schedule
|Sat||1/24/98||SPC Conference Meet||9:00||Aurora||H||V/JV|
|Sat||2/7/98||IHSA Sectional Meet||TBA||TBA||A||V|
|Fri||2/14/98||IHSA State Meet Begins||TBA||TBA||A||V|
Home Lanes: Valley Bowl at North Aurora.
12/1 Dekalb won 1903-1616. Shannon Minson bowled a game high 162 for the Knights.
12/2 Bensonville won despite the fact they won three matchs.
12/9 Minooka won 2440-1916. Mandy Barnes rolled a 185 and had a 298 series to lead the Knights JV team.
12/11 Lemont won 2331-1800.
12/13 The Morris Invitational found the Knights 27th out of 28 schools.
12/18 Morris won 2414-1921. Kaneland JV lost too, 1294-1073.
12/20 The Dekalb Tournament.
1/8 Kaneland lost to Plainfield 2216-1859. Nicole Swoboda of Plainfield has a splendid night with a game high of 198 and a series high of 529.
1/10 Jacobs Invitational
Final team standings:
1, Addison Trail 2,391.
2, Rolling Meadows 2,387.
3, Rich East 2,363.
4, Grayslake 2,218.
5, Larkin 2,216.
6, IMSA 2,120.
7, Kaneland 1,849.
8, Mooseheart 1,849
1/13 Kaneland traveled to Evergreen Park and lost the SPC dual meet 2,076-1771. The Junior-varsity also lost 1,233-962. Evergreen's Park's Patti Starr rolled the high game with 175and high series (463).
1/15 Kaneland traveled to Sycamore and lost 2,327-1910. The Junior-varsity also lost 1,472-981.
1/20 Oswego beat Kaneland 2,625-1,892 while the Lady Knights junior varsity also took it on the chain 1,461-1021. Kari Schwager rolled a game high of 223 and series high of 630 for Oswego.
1/22 Mooseheart handed Kaneland a 2,122-1,987 loss at Kaneland, getting a high game of 200 from Cindy Klimczyk, who also bowled the high series of 513 (three games).
The Lady Ramblers' junior varsity was not so dominant, nipping the Lady Knights 1,641-1,630. Amanda Terry had the high game (162) and series (388) to guide Mooseheart.
1/24 The Suburban Prairie Conference Bowling Tournament:
Kaneland hosted the Suburban Prairie Conference Bowling Tournament at which Oswego captured the conference championship with a pin total of 5892.
Morris was second with 5349. Following were Sycamore at 5060, Fenton at 4877, Minooka at 4541, Plainfield at 4554, Lemont at 4653, Evergreen Park at 4354 and Kaneland at 3924.
Oswego's Kari Schwager led the field of 45 bowlers with a 1318 pin total in six games. Jessica Schmitz and Beck Carey of Oswego were second and third with 1296 and 1187.
Oswego also won the junior varsity championship.
Junior Shannon Minson led Kaneland's quintet with a 917 score. She also rolled the Kaneland high game, scoring a 175 in the third game.
Oswego also won the junior varsity championship, while the junior varsity Knights finished ninth. Kaneland freshmen Michelle Faber rolled the high mark for the junior varsity squad with 693.
1/27 The Lady Knights won a non-conference home dual meet with Lisle, with high games of 162 apiece from Wendy Ball and Angie Heath for a 1,292-1,187 result. Ball also had the high series in two games for Kaneland with a total score of 292.
Lisle's junior-varsity salvaged the Lions' pride with a 1,025-937 win over Kaneland.
2/5 West Aurora beat Kaneland 2,119-1,880. Angie Heath rolled a game high of 183 for Kaneland but Melissa Doyens won the series for West Aurora with a 468. The Knights JV team also lost 1,781-1,308.
The girls' bowling team finished the season with a 15-63 record.
"Trisha Greene, junior, had the most improvement throughout the year and was the most enthusiastic," said Coach Jim McKnight. Senior Kelly Ferdinand averaged about 139 per game.
"I improved my shot and consistency," said Ferdinand.
Shannon Minson named Athlete of the Month by the Krier
The Athlete of the Month for March is Junior Shannon Minson. She is being recognized for her accomplishments on the Girls' Bowling Team.
"My favorite part of bowling is the tournaments and the teamwork. On Saturdays at tournaments, we spend the whole day together, so we really get to know each other." Shannon Minson, Junior
"She is a natural leader and a big influence on younger bowlers." Jim McKnight, bowling coach
"She tries her best to win and she tries to keep the team together." Angie Heath, Junior
"She is a positive reinforcement and helps whenever she can." Trisha Greene, Junio
|1997-98 Bowling Team|
|Coach: Jim McKnight|
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