IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals Takes Place
This Weekend in the Rockford Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014

ROCKFORD, IL -This weekend, the Rockford Region will host the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Girls Bowling State Finals for the 22nd consecutive year. This two-day tournament takes place at the Cherry Bowl in Cherry Valley, Friday, February 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"IHSA is excited to be back in Rockford for another year of the IHSA Girls Bowling State Finals. Through IHSA's partnership with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as Cherry Bowl, we look forward to showcasing Rockford together through a weekend filled with high energy competition," said Stacey Lambert, IHSA's Assistant Executive Director.

Local team qualifiers participating in the state finals include:
• Harlem High School
• Guilford High School
• Freeport High School

Individual qualifiers participating in the state finals include athletes from:
• Lutheran High School
• Boylan High School
• Belvidere High School
• Belvidere North High School

There are a total of 24 teams and 28 individuals that bowl two rounds per day, with three games per round. Each year families and friends gather in support of these competitors. The event will bring nearly 1,000 people to the Rockford Region, generating an estimated $100,000 in economic impact to the area.

"We have established a strong partnership over the years with IHSA and look forward to the high energy this tournament brings to the region each year. We are extremely grateful and count it a privilege to host this talented group of bowlers and look forward to continuing a long-standing tradition of extending a warm Rockford welcome to them," said RACVB President/CEO John Groh.

RACVB is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984 to champion efforts to promote the Rockford Region as an overnight visitor destination. The RACVB adds wealth to the region's economy by investing in marketing programs that grow tourism. gorockford.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Bridget French, RACVB Director of Marketing & Public Affairs: 815.489.1655/bfrench@gorockford.com
Visit the "Girls Bowling" tab on the http://www.ihsa.org website for details about the IHSA tournament.