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Sports

Bowling: Oswego's 'Bowling for Hope' helps family near and dear to Panthers

On the lanes, Oswego wins West Aurora Invitational

The Oswego High School girls bowling team won the West Aurora Invitational this past Saturday.
The Oswego High School girls bowling team won the West Aurora Invitational this past Saturday.

Oswego’s girls bowling team enjoyed a great Saturday on the lanes.

It’s the second-best thing the Panthers did all weekend.

Oswego on Friday completed a fundraiser called Bowling for Hope.

The mom of a former bowler on the team and current Oswego student is fighting cancer. Megan Douglas, a member of Oswego’s team, approached Panthers’ coach Dan Okoren about doing a fundraiser. In the past, Oswego has raised money for Hesed House and animal shelters.

“Megan said ‘Coach, I want to do a fundraiser for the family,’” Okoren said. “She took off and ran with it.”

T-shirts were sold, and Parkside Lanes donated free bowling to anyone who bought a shirt. A raffle was also held and together $575 was raised to help the family.

“To be able to hand a family $575 around the holidays, it was a nice thing,” Okoren said. “This was not just some random family. This was near and dear.”

Back on the lanes, Oswego won the West Aurora Invitational on Saturday. The Panthers rolled a 5,274 series over six games, led by Rachel Clifton’s 1,262. Cynthia Memming bowled a 1,071, Shannon Torres a 1,042, Douglas a 974 and Brianna Ronning a 925. Oswego’s JV team also took the team championship.

Downers Grove South (5,258) was a close second.

“Rachel led the way for us. She’s our anchor bowler,” Okoren said, “but we had some other girls step up. Cynthia Memming earned her first medal of the season. It was nice to see her step up for the day and be a nice one-two punch with Rachel. The girls bowled well throughout the day and never let up. It came down to the wire a little bit. Those are good tournaments to be a part of.”

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