A strong Eagles bowling squad places 6th at State Finals
March 28, 2016
Many may not know, but the varsity boys bowling team maybe the best they have been in years. The team managed to finish tied for first in conference, recording only one loss with their 10-1 record. The boys headed into Regionals on a hot streak with Cameron Crowe, Kyle Knight, Tommy Hayes, Danny Griskell and Jack Kolpack leading the team throughout the season.
To no surprise, the boys went on to win their Regional as the team bowled a score a 6583. Cameron lead the team in scoring and walked away with the 1st Place Individual finish, bowling a 1497. The Eagles managed to beat the second place team, Andrew High School, by more than 300 pins in this hard fought victory.
After this much deserved victory, the boys still weren’t done. They kept working hard and went on to their IHSA Sectionals just a week after their regional victory. Despite the tough competition, the boys won handly, bowling a score of 6684. This 100 pin improvement from their previous match was critical because Minooka High School only trailed by 159 pins. Once again the star of the team, Cameron Crowe, edged his way to first place for the individual awards, bowling an impressive individual score of 1433.
After their Sectional victory, it was off to state for the Boys Bowling team. The boys made their way down to St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, Illinois full of excitement and ready to compete. After the first day of competition, the Eagles were already down about 350 pins to their conference rivals, Lockport. The Eagles finished in tenth place at the end of the first day, bowling a score of 6386, a 300 pin difference from their victory at sectionals. Tommy Hayes lead the flock of Eagles after day one, putting up an individual score of 1337, taking his spot in 32nd amongst the individuals.
Even though the Eagles did not finish first, they at least finished strong on the second day of the state tournament. At the end of the day, and the closing of the State tournament, the Carl Sandburg Boys Bowling Team’s journey came to end. Tommy Hayes finished strong, bowling a score of 2652 over the course of the two days. Tommy claimed his spot in the Top 30 for individuals, and Cameron Crowe also lived up to his potential the second day of play, following Tommy in the standings at 39th place.
Senior Kyle Knight finished strong in his last three games of High School Bowling career, bowling a 211, 216 and 258.
As a team, the Eagles made a huge leap in the final day of play, rising from tenth, all the way to a sixth place finish.
After talking to many of the players on the team, they had a positive attitude toward their finish and their team as a whole.
Many of them would even say that this was the best bowling team Sandburg has ever had. At the end of it all, it was a sad day for the seniors,as their season had officially come to a close.
When asked about his experience on the team, senior Kyle Knight said, “It was great. We really got close in the past two years by going to state. I am going to miss it more than anything.” A sixth place finish at the Illinois State finals is impressive, but what is even more impressive was the leadership and appreciation expressed by the players on the state finalist team. In all respects, the season is considered by all to be a “Perfect 10.”
How the “pins” line up for Boys Bowling:
- The Eagles’ home for bowling is Orland Bowl on 159th Street.
- The Eagles soared to a 6th-place finish in the 2016 IHSA State Championships.
- The Eagles took home the Sectional title in late January.
- The Eagles also took home a Regional title the previous week.
- The Eagles boasted a 10-1 record in Conference.