Auburn’s Bannister five games away from final tourney title

SOUTH BELOIT – Auburn senior Caitlyn Bannister will take a 73-pin lead into Friday’s final five matches in the NIBPA NIC-10 Top 16 Tournament.

Bannister has a score of 2,514 after 10 games. She’s averaging 227 per game and the tournament gives 30 bonus pins for every win. The format calls for one match against every other bowler over three days.

Paige Carpenter of Harlem is the only one who can catch Bannister. The Harlem junior finished ahead of Caitlyn in NIC-10 bowling and is at 2,431 pins.

The final five games of Bannister’s historically good high school career will be Friday at the Cherry Bowl in Cherry Valley. In 2019, Bannister took third in the IHSA state bowling tournament, the highest finish ever for an Auburn bowler, boy or girl.

Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IHSA state tournament this year, so Bannister and Carpenter will battle it out Friday for the last official trophy of 2021.

Guilford’s Elli Cabello and LeAnn Severson also continue to impress. Coming into the tournament, they were seeded 14th and 16th. Cabello is in seventh after 10 games and Severson 10th.

Posted on 03.24.21