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The Suburbanite
  • Lake varsity girls strike for key wins

  • The season is trending in the right direction for the Lake varsity girls bowling team, and the timing could not be better.

    After promising yet disappointing results in two holiday tournaments, the Blue Streaks have won five of their six dual matches since the start of the new year and, in the process, boosted their record to 9-6 with a 3-5 mark in Federal League competition.

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  • The season is trending in the right direction for the Lake varsity girls bowling team, and the timing could not be better.
    After promising yet disappointing results in two holiday tournaments, the Blue Streaks have won five of their six dual matches since the start of the new year and, in the process, boosted their record to 9-6 with a 3-5 mark in Federal League competition.
    Although the results weren’t what coach Pat King and the Blue Streaks wanted in the Midway Christmas or the Park Centre Lanes New Year’s Eve tournaments, their efforts in both events appear to have generated the seeds of the turnaround that has taken place over the past four weeks. In both events, Lake qualified in third place out of 12 teams before losing in the quarterfinals.
    In their first match after the holidays, the Blue Streaks bested Massillon as junior Robyn King paced the squad with games of 233 and 223 for a total of 456 that led Lake to a 2,345-2,196 win over the Tigers in a non-league matchup. Following the win over Massillon, the Blue Streaks built on their success with their best outing in their past eight matches, a team total of 2,542 that was more than enough for a rout of Canton Timken in a match at Park Centre Lanes.
    Sophomore Ashlyn Rembiesa was strong in the Timken win and a victory against St. Vincent-St. Mary's at Stonehedge Lanes the following week. With series of 426 against Timken and 391 against the Fighting Irish, she has begun to develop into a reliable second scorer behind Robyn King.
    "Robyn King and Ashlyn Rembiesa have continued to lead our team," Pat King said.
    Behind Robyn King and Rembiesa, sophomore Hannah Dibble has also made strides for the Blue Streaks, and Pat King credits her hard work as a key component in the team's run of success over the past month.
    "Hannah Dibble has made significant contributions recently, including a personal-best game of 215 and 376 series in our Federal League win over Canton McKinley," Pat King said. "Hannah has been working all season to focus on her spares and her efforts are paying dividends for our team."
    The lone loss - and the one result standing in the way of a eight-match winning streak - is a 2,578-2,321 Federal League loss to Jackson, which occurred just days after the win against Timken.
    However, Lake bounced back from the defeat, and wins against Canton McKinley and St. Vincent-St. Mary’s allowed the Blue Streaks to get back on track. Margins of 254 pins against the Bulldogs and 173 against the Fighting Irish suggest that their young roster is gelling at precisely the right time with the sectional tournament just a few weeks away.
    "The girls have really accepted my challenge to tally eight marks per baker game and are seeing how scores add up quickly when they get those eight marks," Pat King said. "In order to advance in the postseason, this is going to have to be the standard. In our match versus St. Vincent-St. Mary's, we bowled three bakers rather than our normal four baker games, but we averaged 187 for those three bakers, which solidified the W for us."
    Page 2 of 2 - Armed with their newfound confidence, the Blue Streaks have put themselves in solid position to attain one of the goals they set for themselves at the outset of the season: breaking the school record for wins in a season. That mark currently stands at 11, and with four league matches and non-conference tilts with Springfield and Ellet remaining, their coach is confident they can reach that goal.
    "With a continued focus, we have a very good chance to exceed our school-best 11-win season,” King concluded.