DeKALB – The DeKalb girls bowling team rolled past Rochelle, 2,417-2,091, on Tuesday.
The Barbs (2-0, 2-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference) got off to a hot start. Junior Reagan Harold rolled a match-high 249 in the first game. She led the Barbs with a 616 series. Harold said that she was looking to generate positive momentum from the team’s last tournament.
“Last week, I had a really bad week,” Harold said. “I came out of a really good weekend, which made me really confident in myself again. I just hadn’t been bowling my best, but after placing second at Arlington Heights, it kinda gave me my confidence back.”
Makala Rae also had a strong outing for the Barbs, posting a 546. Rae said that while she feels as if she did pretty well, she left some pins on the lane.
“I felt I did pretty good, but I could have done better if I picked up all my spares,” Rae said. “[In practice] I’m working on shooting at seven pins. That is my main goal.”
The Barbs are in a tough conference that for years has been dominated by their geographic rivals in Sycamore. Coach Mike Davis said that this year’s team has great chemistry and that in turn is making them bowl better. The team medaled in a tournament for the first time in nine seasons, said Davis.
“We started off really good today,” Davis said. “We need to get better at picking up spares. It’s the name of the game all across the state. You just gotta pick them up. It’s the difference between a 150 game and a 200 game. … The idea is to, hopefully, knock off Sycamore for conference. They haven’t been beat in the last three years. It’d be nice to take them out.”
Sydney McNett put up a 449 for the Barbs. She said that she was disappointed with the way she rolled, but knows what she needs to work on in practice to get back to rolling the way she’s accustomed to.
“I wasn’t curving my hand,” McNett said. “I was just throwing it and letting it go. I just need to focus. Sometimes I get distracted and get down on myself.”
The Barbs will bowl next at the Ray Maxwell Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday in Streamwood.