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The Tinley Junction 012518 Sports the tinley junction | January 25, 2018 | 53 Girls Bowling Porters pack punch, as Andrew falls just short T-Bolts take second in SouthWest Suburban Conference Erin Redmond Freelance Reporter For Lockport’s Bailey Delrose, the SouthWest Suburban Conference Championship was lucky No. 7. The Porters’ ace picked up her seventh individual championship, leading her team to back-to-back conference titles Saturday, Jan. 20, at Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. The win maintained Lockport’s undefeated record this season, taking the crown with a team total of 5,754. Andrew took second, scoring a 5,475, while Sandburg took fourth with a 5,273. Despite being a favorite in the SWSC, Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said he still considered the victory a “tremendous accomplishment” given the graduation of five of his Top 6 bowlers from last year. “The girls didn’t really [have a lot of varsity experience] other than Bailey Delrose, who has been our leader all year,” the Porters coach said. “The other girls haven’t had a lot of experience, and everyone chipped in and did their job. I just think it’s tremendous.” Delrose, who shot a 1,362, was one of two Lockport bowlers in the Top 5. Jessica Ramirez was the other, finishing fifth with a 1,187. The competition was close for most of the morning before Lockport split the tournament open with a score of 1,084 in Game 3, thanks to big performances by its top bowlers. “Bailey’s been our leader all year,” Cwudzinski said. “... She’s averaging 230 in competition, which is unheard of in my eyes; I’ve never seen anything like it. Jessica [Ramirez] has been our second-best bowler most of the year, along with Erin Kleffman. Those three have been our Top 3 all year. To win, we need those three, and they came through yesterday.” But the Porters weren’t the only team with multiple top finishers. Runner-up Andrew saw four of its bowlers nab spots in the Top 11 at conference. The Thunderbolts were led by Sami Bockstahler, who tallied a 1,194 and led the first half of the tournament after shooting a 618 in the morning. Amber Furman finished eighth for Andrew, while Noelle Doody and Jessica Du took 10th and 11th, respectively. Du was a large part of Andrew’s afternoon success, bowling a 265 in a crucial Game 4. She led the team to its highest score of the day, a 1,013, to solidify its secondplace standing. “As a team, [Du] just kind of took the lead, and the rest of them followed,” Andrew coach Katie Gibson said. “All it takes is one girl to kind of spark and then, boom, we’re on a roll. She bowled a 613 in the afternoon.” Game 4 seemed to ignite the fire for Sandburg, too, which bowled its best game also. The Eagles shot a 944 — well above their team average of 892 — and were led by Emily Schrader with a 225 and Alyssa Novak, who bowled a 202. “Some of the other teams had a lot better-than-expected games for themselves,” Sandburg coach Joe Geiger said. “We did our best, they did even better, but we were still happy. We were still in the hunt for second, but the fifth game, we just fell apart.” Andrew senior Sami Bockstahler helped the Thunderbolts to their second-place finish in the SouthWest Suburban Conference tournament Saturday, Jan. 20. 22nd Century Media File Photos The Eagles saw a dramatic difference between Games 4 and 5, shooting a 786 in the latter. Geiger said a few open frames snowballed into a mental shift in his team, one they were unable to overcome. But despite the rough finish, the Eagles coach was still positive about the team’s performance overall and noted Emily Schrader’s third-place finish as a key part of its success. Schrader tallied a 1,261 individually. “That’s why she’s our last bowler. ... She’s someone you want to have in those [close] situations,” Geiger said. “She’s so in love with bowling. She’s going to do it in college and all her life. She’s someone who takes it to heart and really understands the game. She’s a bowl-a-holic.” Lincoln-Way West finished third (5,327), while Lincoln-Way East was fifth (5,266) and Central was sixth (4,870). Thornridge (4,551), Stagg (4,386) and Bolingbrook (4,122) rounded out the tournament. All the teams will have a two-week break before the regional tournaments on Feb. 3. And between now and then, Lockport, Andrew and Sandburg all have the goal of improving one aspect of their game: spares. “The biggest thing we have to improve on is our spare shooting. Yesterday was not good at all,” Cwudzinski said. “The other girls aren’t that experienced in competition at the varsity level, but for us to be where we have to be to contend for a Top 10 spot at state, our spare shooting definitely has to get better.” Jessica Du rolled a 265 in Game 4 to help Andrew to its runner-up position. Geiger agreed. “We definitely have to work on our spare game,” he said. ”…We’ve been in Orland all year basically bowling all our matches, and we’re not home anymore. We just have to get away from that and realize there’s different lanes.” And Gibson relayed the same sentiments to her team. “Leaving a 7-pin, leaving a 10-pin, it’s not the end of the world,” she said. “The goal is to knock down all 10 pins, and, luckily, we get two balls to do it.”

54 | January 25, 2018 | The tinley junction Sports Resurgent T-Bolts will take their tie Andrew wrestling ties for fourth in conference meet Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter Lockport wrestlers won five individual titles and finished in the Top 6 in 12 of 14 weight classes, as the Porters ended the regular season by rolling to the team title at the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament last weekend in Palos Hills. The two-day event, which this year substituted for the annual SouthWest Suburban Conference Tournament, was held Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at Stagg High School. It featured 17 teams, including all 13 SWSC programs. Lockport, which has experienced growing pains one season after winning the Class 3A state title, dominated a challenging field and cruised to the tourney crown with 249 points. Runner-up Lincoln-Way East finished with 170.5, followed by Sandburg with 163, and Lincoln-Way West and Andrew, which tied for fourth with 159 points each. Lincoln-Way Central finished 11th with 57 points. For the Thunderbolts, two-time state medalist Robbie Precin came into his senior season gunning for nothing less than state tile. The state’s top-ranked wrestler in Class 3A at 126 pounds believes he is trending toward that level of excellence after taking the Lahey Invitaional title with relative ease. Precin made short work of Lincoln-Way Central’s David Labriola and Lincoln-Way East’s Jake Abeja, pinning them in 1 minute and 16 seconds and 37 seconds, respectively, before meeting some resistance in the title match against Sandburg’s gritty Sam Wojcik. “Right now, I feel pretty good,” Precin said. “This is a learning experience to see where I’m at and to prep for regionals. Basically, that’s what it’s about.” Precin said being active on his feet and attacking is the biggest difference between this season and 2016-2017, when he was often content to wrestle defensively and take what his oppoents gave him. “All I’ve been doing is just keep moving, that’s all I’m doing differently,” he said. “This weekend wasn’t bad. There’s some adjustments I need to make to prepare for regionals and the state series, but I think I’m where I need to be.” Precin is the soft-spoken leader of a Thunderbolts program that is experiencing a resurgence under coach Mike Pila. Precin was Andrew’s only individual champion, but eight other Thunderbolts grapplers finished in the Top 6. Luc Valdez (113) and Ameer Aqel (220) placed second, and Luke Gardner (132) took third; Kyle Silzer (106), Sean Callaghan (138) and J.P Migawa (170) finished fourth; and Christian Galindo and Austin O’Connor placed sixth. “Coach Pila’s done great job,” Precin said. “He’s been motivating the guys and has been very supportive. I think that’s why all these kids are improving on our team. Its awesome, and there’s plenty more years to come, too, for Andrew. It’s a great program.” Andrew’s Luc Valdez, who won second place at 113 pounds, gets his opponent to the ground during the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament, which served as the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media Ameer Aqel (left) goes head to head with his opponent. Aqel earned a second-place finish at 220 pounds. J.P. Migawa, a 170-pounder for the Thunderbolts, tries to keep his opponent on the mat.