Hinsdale South friends Wolski, Foldes earn another meet together
Updated: April 8, 2013 2:04AM
Hinsdale South senior Lauren Wolski and junior Brittany Foldes grew up playing sports together, but never experienced anything like what they did Saturday at the Reavis Sectional.
The two bowlers helped Hinsdale South advance to the state tournament as a team for the first time since 2003-04.
“We’ve been friends for nine years,” Foldes said. “She (Wolski) is great to have on the team. Without her, we wouldn’t be anywhere. It’s weird that she will be graduating, but making state together is the icing on the cake and will be a great moment to share.”
Wolski didn’t begin taking bowling seriously until her freshman season, but making state was her goal from the start. Accomplishing the feat in her final high school season with her teammates is a huge bonus.
“It’s been a long time,” Wolski said of the Hornets making state as a team. “It means a lot to us. I worked extra hard to make sure I had the best possibility of making it to state this year. I practiced a lot over the summer and leading up to the season.
“We didn’t know going into the last game (about qualifying), so we were all surprised when we found out we made it. We were all excited.”
Wolski finished third overall with a 1,252 six-game series (209 average) to help the Hornets rally past Morton for the second team berth.
Hinsdale South also received contributions from Foldes (1,031), junior Faith Most (1,023), senior Alexis Davis (991) and junior Kiaira Hassel (970).
“Considering the rough season we had, this one is really nice,” Hinsdale South coach Bob Lichter said. “We just haven’t been as consistent as I would like us to be. It was very nice to see everything come together and everybody bowl well. It was a special moment for me and the girls.”
Hinsdale South trailed Morton by 50 pins heading into the final game, but finished strong to secure the spot. Most came up huge with a team-best 212.
The Hornets finished with a score of 5,267, while Morton (5,164) fell to third.
“Hinsdale Central bowled on the same lanes as Morton (the last game) and came over and told us Morton bowled really low,” Foldes said. “They were congratulating us and hugging us. They said they were rooting for us. Our coach was so ecstatic because we hadn’t made it as a team in a really long time. Coaches were tearing up and parents were sappy and crying. We were so excited.”
Foldes averaged 150 during the season, but climbed to 171 Saturday for her season-best series.
“It was the best feeling to know I helped push us to get there,” Foldes said. “It felt so great. Nobody thought this would happen. We were the underdogs but we knew we had a chance the entire time. Throughout my years, I just was hoping to have a chance to go (to state) and we did it.”