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La Salle-Peru’s Jessica Temple feels she’s come a long way since she began her high school bowling career.
“I think I’ve made a very great jump since freshman year,” Temple said. “Py (L-P coach Terry Pytel) always tells me I used to chuck the ball halfway down the lane and not even look at marks.
“I went to camps and everything and I think I’ve come a long way. Junior and senior years I looked at marks, I can control the ball more and I don’t have a lot of misses.”
The result was ending her career on the final day of the state tournament.
Temple rolled a 1,217 six-game series Saturday to place 26 th at the IHSA State Tournament at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
“I’m very happy with it,” said Temple, who also bowled at state as a junior. “This year was so different compared to last year. There were so many young bowlers this year. I couldn’t believe it. Both days I was on lanes with freshmen and sophomores. Bowling potential has increased so much. There were hardly any seniors. I was glad I got to go to state as a junior and senior.”
Temple entered Saturday in 21 st place after rolling a 1,261 series on Friday.
She opened Saturday’s round with a 215 game and followed up with a 247 before finishing the first series with a 640.
Temple closed the competition with a 577 in Saturday’s second half. She finished with 2,478 pins in 12 games for an average of 206.5 pins.
“On Saturday, the first half I was happy with that,” Temple said. “The second half, the lanes broke down really fast. They got really dry really quickly. I think I was a little slow to adjust. I could have done better, but I’m OK with how it came out. I have no regrets.”
Temple finished 249 pins behind state champion Giselle Poss, a senior from Oswego East. Poss rolled a 2,727 12-game series.
Hall junior Kaitlyn Padgett finished 397 pins behind Poss as she placed 54 th with 2,330 pins over the two days.
Padgett, who was 42 nd with 1,197 pins after Friday’s round, rolled a 570 series in Saturday’s first session before bowling a 563 series in the final round.
“That’s awesome for two girls from the same area to go on to the second day,” Temple said. “Hall and L-P are very small schools compared to who we compete with. If we can compete with the Chicagoland girls and girls from down south, that’s fantastic. I’m very proud of Kaitlyn and I.”
Waubonsie Valley won the team title with 12,512 pins. The Warriors beat Oswego East by 226 pins.
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