Four Stateline-area teams will be competing for the 2016 IHSA girls bowling state championship this weekend at the Cherry Bowl, beginning on Friday. Rockford Jefferson's Sabrina Stoltz will be bowling in the individual ranks.
Dixon is back in the final for the first time in five years. "It's exciting for me, because it's my first time at state," says Duchesses senior Margaret Thomas. "I'm just really happy to be here I'm really glad we made it as a team."
Belvidere North appeared at state last year, and is back for more in a repeat qualifying season. Two Lady Blue Thunder sophomores are two-for-two going to state in their young bowling careers.
"It definitely gets more special every time we come here and I'm definitely going to try to make it four out of four years," says Belvidere North sophomore Kylie Johnson.
"It's pretty amazing. I know our teamwork altogether has just been great. Helping each other along the way helps us get here," says Lady Blue Thunder sophomore Brynn Lambrecht.
Harlem is making its 16th girls bowling state final trip under 20-year head coach Jim Heathscott. "Getting them here this year with one starting senior could be a good ride. It'll be fun, and it never gets old."
Freeport rounds out the NIC-10 state trio, and bowling for the title in Rockford makes it that much more special. "It's awesome. The more NIC-10 teams there are, the better. It's nice to see people from the local teams coming here and representing the local area," says Freeport senior and former 13 Sports Athlete of the Week Brigitte Jacobs.
The two-day finals take place at the Cherry Bowl on Friday and Saturday.