The folks at Highland Park Bowl in Moline had to be relieved Saturday afternoon that the oil on the lanes didn't catch fire, thanks to Amber Granzow.
The Sterling senior rolled a Panther Invitational-best 1,358 six-game series, but her last three-game set was historic. With a 244, a 257 and a 279, the 780 is the seventh-highest three-game series in IHSA history.
Sterling coach Dennis Black likened the experience to watching Heather Wolf flirt with a perfect game while shooting an 819 series last November at Plum Hollow in Dixon.
"I was just in a state of euphoria," Black said Saturday night. "Amber was just dynamite."
Sterling placed second with 5,597 pins, 128 behind Moline. Dixon was third with 5,482, and senior Devan Gearhart was second behind Granzow individually with a 1,275 six-game series.
Dixon wins Cavalier Invite: It wasn't even close at IV Super Bowl in Peru. The Dukes amassed 6,749 pins and outrolled their nearest competition, DeKalb, by 560 pins.
Andrew Hamburg was one of four Dukes to eclipse 1,300 pins over six games. He totaled 1,436 pins, an average of 239.3, and was second at the event individually. Connor Allen was third with 1,389, and Joel Spangler was fifth with 1,379.
All 10 of the teams at the event will take aim at the DeKalb Sectional in January.
The Dukes' low game was 971, their highest came in the second game, a 1,265.
"What they did was absolutely amazing," Oregon coach Al Nordman said. "With two games of more than 1,200 ... this is unheard of."
Neither Nordman nor Dixon coach Allen Wickert were aware of a higher six-game series in Dukes history.
Oregon placed fifth out of 10 teams with 6,077 pins. Freshman Brandon Taylor was sixth individually with 1,378, despite a 160 in his fifth game. Top individual David McManus of Hall had a perfect game and a 1,541 six-game series.
Rockets win at Riverdale: Paced by champions Carlos Gutierrez and Shawn Skinner, Rock Falls took top honors in the 12-team Jim Boyd Riverdale Invitational in Port Byron.
The Rockets finished with 173 points, just ahead of Burlington, Iowa, which had 168.5. Sherrard (146), Davenport West (139.5) and Erie-Prophetstown (126) rounded out the top five teams.
Gutierrez won a title at 120 pounds, while Skinner's title was at 195. Rock Falls also had a pair of runner-ups in Roberto Arellano (145) and Josiah Torres (285), while Tibs Cervantes was third at 138.
Erie-Prophetstown's Jared Cole won a title at 138 pounds. Taking second for the Panthers were Josh Wheeler (132) and Jon Butts (195).
Comets 7th at Plano: Jake Snow (126), Brady Rude (145) and Brian Bahrs (160) each won titles as Newman finished seventh in the 18-team Reaper Invite in Plano.
Sandwich (188.5), Plano (172) and Plainfield South (171) were the top three squads. Newman had 117 points, while Amboy was 15th with 36 points.
Keanu Interone won the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday helping the Sterling Golden Warriors to a fourth place finish at the Freeport Invitational
Sterling had 194 points. DeKalb won the meet with 389. The Byron coop was fifth at 181 and Morrison was eighth with 111.
Interone won the breaststroke in 1 minute, 1.41 seconds.
Dixon student Aaron Helander, who swims for Byron, won the 100 backstroke in 54.21. He was also on a second place 800 relay team.
Amber Granzow, Sterling bowling, 780 series, seventh-best in state history
Andrew Hamburg, Dixon bowling, 1,436 six-game series, led Dukes to Cavalier Invite title
Carlos Gutierrez and Shawn Skinner, Rock Falls wrestling, champions at 120, 195 pounds, respectively, at Riverdale Invite