D230 honors state champions

Consolidated High School District 230 hosted a roomful of champs during its February meeting. The board honored athletes and students from Andrew High School’s Illinois High School Association state champion boys and girls bowling teams, Sandburg’s state championship-winning cheerleading team and Sandburg’s Joey Kopera, who captured an individual state title. The Andrew boys team, consisting of Justin Finnen, Casey Case, Kyle Damon, Josh Dory, Kyle Krol, Josh Powell, Nick Ghilardi, Mike Dertz and coaches Mark Lobes and Michael Stephenson, shot a 12,821 – 169 pins ahead of Vernon Hills Jan. 27-28 in O’Fallon. It was the third boys bowling title in school history. The same weekend, Kopera was in 20th place after first six-game round and steadily climbed up the ladder. He needed two strikes and eight pins in the final frame to take the title over Herrin’s C.J. Kirchner and buried three strikes for a 2,733-2,730 victory. The following weekend in Bloomington, Sandburg’s cheerleaders won Large Team Division with a 94.84 to edge out Lockport (93.10), Marist (92.60), Providence Catholic (92.50) and Conant (92.38). Members of the Sandburg roster include Caitlyn Aguirre, Natalie Alfano, Mary Carol Barkowski, Isabella Berardelli, Grace Call, Katie Cardinal, Courtney Conway, Peyten Cronin, Taylor Crump, Kellie Dominick, Sammie Frank, Karissa Kouchis, Alyssa Martinez, Molly McGuire, Samantha Misheck, Hollie Mulcahy, Taylor Nietfeldt, Natalie Noonan, Gabby Papierski, Lindsay Probasco, Nina Ramos, Jackie Randolph, Zoe Ruff, Meaghan Ryan, Kathleen Schofield, Apryl Tomala, Jade Welgat and coach Mike Bruce. Andrew’s girls bowling team, led by Ashley Stefanski, Nicole Zoph, Cassie Boat, Jenny Hallas, Stephanie Garuckas, Ashley Sparrey and coaches Julie DeChens and Julie Ziel, rolled a 12,349 for the tournament and edged out Minooka by 22 pins Feb. 10-11 in Rockford. It marked the first time in state history a team from the same school won state titles in boys and girls bowling the same season. For a story on Sandburg’s Karissa Kouchis, the first Sandburg state champion in two different sports/activities, click here.

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  1. To bad they forgot the 2nd place runner up

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