Anzalone Helps Conant Stay in Mid-Suburban Title Race

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Byline: Bill Esbrook Daily Herald Correspondent

Conant's Angela Anzalone may be only a freshman, but she's bowling like a seasoned veteran.

Wednesday night at Arlington Lanes, a clutch performance by Anzalone helped keep the Cougars in the thick of the Mid-Suburban League title race.

The frosh's 575 series helped push Conant past Rolling Meadows for a 7-2 win in the final meet of the season before Saturday's league championship tournament.

Elk Grove kept its hold on first place with a win over Palatine, led by a 214 game from Brooke Barges.

"This season has been all about the team helping each other out," said first-year Grens coach Jason Svehla. "If one of the girls has a bad game, someone else steps up."

Anzalone came into Wednesday's action in 12th place individually in the conference with a 180.27 average, and coach Jennifer Mikrut says the freshman has been a steady influence all season.

"She's such an asset to our team," said Mikrut of Anzalone. "Being a freshman, it did take her a little while to adjust to being with the older girls, but she's doing quite nicely.

"She's got a great, positive attitude."

For her part, Anzalone says it didn't take her too much time to adapt.

"I didn't know any of them (her teammates) to start out," said the frosh, "but they've been great at helping me fit in. I had a feeling that we were going to have a good season but I didn't know it was going to be quite this good."

Conant sophomore Jordyn Wagner added a 209 game while Courtney Slavich contributed with a 208 to help the Cougars stay in third place heading into Saturday, only 4.5 points away from the Grens.

Buffalo Grove defeated Hersey Wednesday as Joanne Savage fired a 223 game, while the Huskies' Zoe Sarbekian excelled with a 214. …