The local boys bowling teams were ready to hit the lanes for the La Salle Regional on Saturday at the Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru.
The eagerness to show what they could do turned into a great day of bowling as La Salle-Peru finished second with a score of 6,073 and St. Bede finished third with a 6,063 to advance to the Rockford Sectional on Saturday.
“We pulled out a good victory (Saturday),” Cavaliers’ junior Nate Stubler said. “We didn’t take first, but we got to where we wanted to be and that’s to qualify to the next round.
“We knew what we had to do to get the job done (Saturday). In the first two games, we definitely were ready to play, we slowed down in the next two and then we had a sense of urgency in the last two games to kick it back up. Thankfully, we did.”
Oregon won the regional with a score of 6,508 and Dixon was the last team to advance as it finished in fourth with a 5,944. Mendota finished with a 5,564 for fifth place and Hall rolled a 4,944 for ninth place.
None of the 10 advancing individuals — not on one of the four advancing teams — represented an area school.
Stubler won the regional with a six-game series of 1,417 (236 per game average). This is the junior’s second regional win as he took the crown his freshman year and finished third during his sophomore season.
Carter Coble finished in eighth place with a 1,292, David Hillyer came in 27th place with a 1,186, Zakk Kelly took 30th place with a 1,169 and Hunter Thurman rolled a 715 in three games to help the Cavaliers advance.
Not only were the Bruins right behind the Cavaliers in the team results, but SBA senior Anthony Truckenbrod was on Stubler’s heels for individual glory as well.
Truckenbrod, who is going to his first sectional like most of the SBA bowlers, rolled a 1,349 (225 per game average) to finish second.
“I just kept going and it worked out I guess,” said Truckenbrod, who added SBA has only lost one dual this season, to Oregon. “I did good after the first three games — I had a 666 — and then I finished with a 683 for the final three games.
“In the beginning of the season, I was doing well and then I slowed down a little. I am excited to go to sectional. I think we’re going to do well and that we could get past sectional as a team. This is the best year to do it, I guess.”
Chris Moore finished in 15th place with a six-game series of 1,255 for the Bruins, while Alex McCloskey carded a 1,208 for 25th place, Shaun Desrocher bowled a 1,197 for 26th place and Tyler Marcinkus rolled a 688 in four games.
Mendota coach Tim Dessing was thrilled with the Trojans’ start at the regional, but saw scores decline as the day went on. With a seven-man team of two seniors and five underclassmen, Dessing sees a lot of potential for the future.
“I thought we had a pretty good morning session. I thought we bowled about where we wanted to be,” Dessing said. “We had ourselves in good shape to advance as a team and about four individuals who were right in the running.
“(Saturday) afternoon, we had a couple bad breaks and missed some easy spares that we need to be able to pick up also. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot in the afternoon.”
Mendota was led by a six-game series of 1,167 from Justin Carr and a 1,151 from Owen Wixom for 21st and 32nd, respectively.
Hall was led by sophomore Westley Schmidt, who rolled a 1,139 for 35th place.
“Wesley Schmidt was more consistent this year. He started to pick up more speed and learned how the lanes are breaking down when we play at different places,” Hall coach Monica Hrovat said. “He’s really gotten better at picking up spares. He’s only a sophomore, so he’s getting better with experience and he should continue to improve.”
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