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Hall bowling coach Monica Hrovat posed for an impromptu photo after Saturday’s Cavalier Classic.
After five-plus hours of bowling at the Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, the Hall coach took a photo with one arm around a champion, the other arm around a champion and a smile proudly on her face.
Saturday had been a good day.
One worth preserving.
Hall senior David McManus rolled a 1,541 six-game series to win the Cavalier Classic boys title, while Hall junior Kaitlyn Padgett threw a 1,334 series to claim the girls title.
Both Hall bowlers won by more than 100 pins and gave Hrovat her pair of champions.
“It means a lot,” she said of winning both titles. “It’s just the result of all the hard work they’ve done on their own and at practices. It paid off today.”
While Hall claimed both individual titles, its teams also excelled.
The Lady Red Devils rolled a 5,054 team score to edge two-time defending champion La Salle-Peru by just 19 pins.
The Hall boys finished third out of 10 teams.
“It’s tremendously exciting,” Hrovat said of her teams. “With the girls, I am just ecstatic. They have been working so hard the last couple of years and they just amaze me.”
McManus, however, stole the show as he had a six-game average of 257, which was 18 pins more per game than Dixon’s Andrew Hamburg, who finished second. McManus highlighted his day by throwing the event’s lone 300 game in the fourth of six games.
“(L-P graduate and 2011-12 NewsTribune Bowler of the Year) Austin Ploch — who is one of my best friends — told me to get a 300 today,” McManus said. “In Game 2, I bowled a 279 and I missed (300) by a pin as a 4-pin stood in my way. I told him, ‘I’ll get it later,’ and I am glad that I got it because he got it last year after I told him to get a 300.”
After McManus finished second to Ploch in last year’s Cavalier Classic, he won this year’s event by missing just one spare all day.
“Joe Zokal came to Ladd Lanes (Friday) and gave me a few pointers because I haven’t been throwing the ball with as many (revolutions),” McManus said. “I was hit by a car last year and dislocated seven of the eight bones in my wrist, and when that happens the muscles tear. So Joe helped me throw more revs on the ball and make it come out more relaxed. I didn’t bowl very well (Friday), but he helped me a lot, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I’d be as relaxed today.”
Like McManus, Padgett led from start to finish.
She had a 222 six-game average and beat L-P senior Jess Temple by 104 pins. “This feels incredible,” said Padgett, who placed second last season. “I was a lot more consistent today, and picking up spares were probably the key to the day.
Padgett threw a 266 high game, and in four of her six games she bowled a 228 or higher to edge Temple, a close friend and her biggest competition.
“We’re great friends, but at the same time you have to think the opposite way when it comes to competing,” Padgett said. “It makes you a better bowler because you are trying to beat that person, just as they are trying to beat you.”
After a slow start, Temple picked it up the final five games.
She finished with a 205 six-game average and placed ahead of Mendota’s Emily Thomas, who finished third with a 1,099 series.
“I was a little disappointed (to finish second), but Kaitlyn and I are really, really good friends,” Temple said. “I think we are extremely competitive but on a friendly level. It’s been back and forth all year so I’m OK with second.”
In addition to Padgett, Temple and Thomas, Hall’s Clarissa Gerrard placed fifth and Ottawa’s Taylor Sellett was sixth.
For the boys, Ottawa’s Austin Phillips was ninth and Ryan Glasner was 10th. Dixon rolled a 6,749 team score to claim the boys title.
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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