Why she was selected:
Katie Orisek bowled a 1,415 series – highlighted by a school record 300 perfect game – to win the championship of the LaSalle-Peru Sectional and qualify for state.
Orisek, who also took second at the conference meet, will be making her second state tournament appearance – first at Yorkville. She was part of the Waubonsie Valley team last year that took third at state. She talked with Record sports editor Joshua Welge about her 300 game, and the season. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: Was it your first 300 game?
Orisek: Yes. I bowled a 279 in practice. Doing this in competition made it all the better. My previous best in competition was 267.
Welge: So, how'd it happen?
Orisek: I really just took it one shot at a time. It was one frame, one shot, let my body do what it knows how to do. I zoned in and made the shots I needed to make.
Welge: I heard you made a key ball change?
Orisek: During the fifth game [the game before the 300] I had kept leaving the 10 pin. I asked my mom to go get another ball. I made a really good switch, found a good line in the fifth game and it carried over. I kept hitting the pocket.
Welge: What was the anticipation like at the end?
Orisek: During the seventh frame I had a feeling. You get the intuition that something good is going to happen. During my last few shots it was dead silent in the bowling alley. Usually you hear people cheering. When it's silent, you hear that. It was scary, but I had to continue to stay calm.
Welge: How will your previous state experience help you?
Orisek: Coming in last year, my goal was to provide for my team and make my spares. State was an overwhelming experience. Everything is just so surreal, so much bigger. This year I know ahead what it's like.
Welge: I heard you're relatively new to bowling, right?
Orisek: Yes, I haven't bowled that long, I started as a freshman. It started out as something fun I would try. One of my friends asked me to come out a meeting, and I did. I ended up falling in love with the sport. I spend every single day I can at the bowling alley.
Welge: What sport did you do before?
Orisek: I was a gymnast for a very long time. I think that's contributed a huge part to my athleticism for bowling.
Welge: How many bowling balls do you own?
Orisek: I have six in my main set, I have three that I have for practice, five older balls. So quite a few.
Welge: Do you watch bowling a lot on TV?
Orisek: Yes, every time there is a huge tournament going on I watch. I love watching the bowlers on TV. That's what I want to do some day.