D-Cs Gonio Mastering the Lanes
Miazga, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mike Miazga Daily Herald Correspondent
Dundee-Crown junior girls bowler Karissa Gonio has enjoyed quite the rookie season.
But this is no case of beginners luck.
A bowler dating back to her childhood, Gonio decided to go out for the D-C bowling team for the first time this season.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
To start the week, Gonio was averaging a team-best 183.50 a game. She had 8 three-game series above 500, including a 660 against Huntley and a 615 at the D-C Charger Scramble.
Her 265 high game broke the school record. In that game she bowled 9 strikes in a row, which set the school record. The 9 strikes in a game tied a school record. Her 183.50 average will likely turn into another school record (the current school record is 170.85).
"She's the best bowler we've ever had in the history of the Dundee-Crown program," said sixth-year D-C coach Dave Mensching, the program's only coach since its inception. "I wish I could take any credit for her. Karissa's father (Dennis) has been a huge influence. She's a real good learner and follows instruction well. She limits her bad games. Even when she struggles, she makes her spares until she figures it out."
Gonio started bowling in a local parents and kids league when she was 8 and has been bowling ever since.
"I wanted to join the high school team because it was something different," said Gonio, whose extra curricular activities at D-C have also includes choir, softball and poms. "I got more interested in bowling as the years went on and figured I would try out for the team. I have friends on the team so that helped."
Gonio enjoys the team aspect of the sport.
"It's not an individual sport, even though it is," she says. "At the same time you have your teammates supporting you. They are behind you even though you are bowling yourself."
Gonio admits her first high school bowling experience brought with it some butterflies.
"Practice is just another day working on bowling," she said. "When the meets came around I got nervous a little. I'm bowling varsity and I'm the anchor. We had a little conference get-to-know-each other competition and I placed first. …