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The Tinley Junction 012518 Sports the tinley junction | January 25, 2018 | 55 fastbreak Boys Bowling T-Bolts, Titans threaten trip to state Tinley Parkers fall just short at sectional Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media 1st and 3 Tinley’s greatest grapplers 1. Robbie Precin (above) After winning third place in the state tournament at 120 pounds last season, Precin has even loftier goals this year. He got his postseason off to a good start with a conference championship at 126 pounds. 2. Ameer Aqel Aqel was a standout player for the Andrew football team this season. Now, he is standing out in wrestling, earning a second-place finish at 220 pounds in the SWSC. 3. Luc Valdez With Valdez’s second-place finish, the junior hopes to follow the blueprint that Precin established last season. RANDY WHALEN Freelance Reporter In sports, people often refer to the home field advantage. For the Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West boys bowling teams, it was the home lanes advantage. Led by individual champion Alex Nolan and the thirdplace finisher Jack Davern, Central cruised to the title of its own sectional last weekend. The Knights, who will be making their first trip to state since finishing third in 2008, led from the start and put up a score of 6,343 on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Laraway Lanes in New Lenox. That was 445 pins better than runner-up Lincoln-Way West (5,898), which also calls Laraway Lanes home. The Warriors, who were equally led by their two returning seniors, George Dennison and Caleb Kirby (1,232 each), jumped to second in the final game and advanced downstate for the second straight season. The other four qualifying teams were Joliet West (5,828), Minooka (5,789), Plainfield Central (5,688) and Oswego East (5,662). The state finals are this weekend, Friday, Jan. 26, Tinley Park bowler Brian Rady finished 90 pins shy of a state berth. Photos by Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media and Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon. After finishing last in the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet, not much was expected from Andrew in the postseason. But the Thunderbolts qualified out of the regional and came within 21 pins of making it back to state for the first time since 2016. They had a pinfall of 5,641, placing them eighth, while Oswego East (5,662) qualified in the sixth and final spot. “It was amazing,” Andrew coach Mark Lobes said. “I didn’t think we’d be in the mix all day. But I brought up two freshmen and a sophomore who did well. We were like the bare-knuckles Bad News Bears.” Lobes, a veteran coach who has guided the T-Bolts to a state title (in 2012) and a second-place finish (2014) wasn’t too happy with the lane conditions, however. “For Lockport and Sandburg not to make it to state is a disappointment,” Lobes said. “That’s two teams that deserve to be there. I was amazed at how [Lincoln- Way] Central did. But when it’s your home lanes and the shot is made for you, that’s what happens.” Jason Richmond, a freshman who was recently brought up to the varsity, led Andrew with a 1,198 score, which included a 243 in the fifth game. Ethan Kosche, Andrew’s Ethan Kosche closed his high school bowling career with a strike in the final frame of his final game Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional. Andrew was within 21 pins of a trip downstate. the only T-Bolts senior in the sectional lineup, followed with a 1,152, which included a high of 211 in the fourth game. He added a 204 in the final game and bowled a strike, following a spare, on his last ever high school shot. “My goal was to end on a strike, and it felt good,” Kosche said. “We didn’t think we’d make it out of the regional, so to make a run here felt really good.” Sophomore John Malinowski (1,131, high of 248 in Game No. 4) and junior Trent Smith (1,060, high of 208 in Game No. 4), also bowled all six games for Andrew. Junior Jeffrey Serafini (691, high of 197 in Game No. 1) rolled four games, and junior Rich Payton (409, high of 220 in Game No. 5) bowled the final two for the T-Bolts. The Titans had a pair of individuals at the sectional. They were seniors Brian Rady (1,149, high of 221 in Game No. 6) and Max Beno (938, high of 181 in Game No. 5). Rady, who was second at the South Suburban Conference Blue Division meet on Jan. 5 at Oak Forest Bowl, finished 90 pins behind the final state qualifier, sophomore Matt LaBonte from Richards. Listen Up “Finish [the match], wrestle smart, don’t put yourself in jeopardy, don’t get caught in things that you know better.” John Pfeffer— Tinley Park wrestling coach, on what his team must do to have representatives advance from the Oak Forest Regional. WHAT 2 WATCH Wrestling — noon Saturday, Jan. 27 • Andrew, in a warmup for the Marist Regional, travels to Sandburg to meet with one of the area’s best wrestling teams. Index 49 - This Week In ... 48 - Athlete of the Week Compiled by Sports Editor Tim Carroll,

tinley Park’s Hometown Newspaper | | January 25, 2018 Andrew senior Robbie Precin (left) circles his Sandburg opponent Saturday, Jan. 20, during the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media Precin’s conference victory helps Andrew tie for fourth in SWSC, Page 54 Bloodied, not beaten In midst of rebuild, Titans wrestling feels confident for postseason, Page 52 Trojan Horse Andrew O-lineman commits to Trinity International, Page 50 QUALITY HEART CARE from Diagnosis to Recovery + Sophisticated Surgical and Minimally Invasive Options + Treating Complex Cardiac Arrhythmia through Electrophysiology Visit tolearn more ortofind aCardiologist today.