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Oswego East Senior Named IHSA State Bowling Champion, Team Takes Second Place

Giselle Poss earns title of IHSA State Bowling Champion at Feb. 9 the IHSA State bowling tournament held in Rockford.

The Oswego East girls bowling team was quite literally on a roll at the IHSA State Bowling Tournament this past weekend in Rockford.

The Wolves placed second as a team with 12,286 pins, only behind Waubonsie Valley who rallied to 12,512 points on Saturday to take first, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Oswego East senior Giselle Poss earned the title of girls bowling state champion on the second day of the tournament, ending with a total of 2,727 pins.

“"I've been under a lot of pressure before, so I know what it's like to face what she (Malone) was facing," Poss told the Tribune, referring to Emily Malone of Rockford Jefferson who took second.

Read: OE Bowling Team Takes First in Conference

Poss entered the twelfth and final game Saturday 36 pins behind Malone. "I knew I had to make a push, and I was actually happy that I was down going into that last game,” she told the Tribune.

Fellow team members Tricia Thornton and Kailey Kopacz earned spots in the Top 20 individuals, with places of 14 and 19, respectively.

According to Eileen Poss, Giselle’s mother, the senior signed a letter of intent to Vanderbilt University back in November 2012, which has an NCAA Division 1 girls bowling team.

The team will be honored on Friday at a school assembly at 1:38 p.m. at Oswego East, said East’s Athletic Director's Secretary Enes Hettinger.

Special thanks to Eileen Poss for the photos. 

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