By Scott Taylor
Lockport is hoping for a repeat of last year.
Last year the Porters won regional and sectional titles en route to the state title.
This year, they started the postseason off right by winning the Sandburg Regional Saturday at Orland Bowl with a 6,281 six-game total.
Nikki Mendez made it a double win for the Porters as she added the individual title, firing a 1,376.
“It is really exciting,” Mendez said. “We were very happy. We had the team title won, so I wasn’t nervous about the individual title. I have been in a little slump, so this gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Bailey Delrose (1,289), Dana Ackerson (1,288) and Grace Karraker (1,179) contributed six games to the title win as the Porters got seven players involved in the regional.
Next up for Lockport is the Joliet West Sectional at Joliet Town and Country Lanes. The top four teams and five individuals not on those teams will advance to state.
“Our ultimate goal is to get to state,” Mendez said. “We have to bowl like we know how and if we do that, I think we will be okay. Spare shooting will be big. We have been working very hard on it and the practice is paying off.”
•Minooka and Joliet West will also be at the sectional after advancing out of the Rich East Regional.
The Indians won the meet with a 5,705. Scoring were Gina Russell (1,188), Carmella Russell (1,167), Kristina Sickler (1,143), Nora Russell (1,135) and Cheryl Eyman (1,072).
West finished third with a 5,655 and got scores from runner-up Taylor Bailey (1,194), Gracie Plese (1,159), Kaylee Zukovich (1,130), Karlee Barton (1,121) and Melissa March (1,051).
A Joliet Central trio are also headed to the sectional as Tara Tindall (1,006), Elizabeth Reyes (983) and Amber Bailey (977) advanced.