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Boys Bowling: Tinley Park edges Brother Rice

Updated: December 9, 2012 7:35PM



Tinley Park gave itself a tough opening-week schedule, taking on strong squads from Oak Lawn and Brother Rice in its first two duals.

After falling Tuesday to Oak Lawn, the Titans bounced back with a strong performance Wednesday, topping Brother Rice 3,059-2,955 at Centennial Lanes in Tinley Park.

“Over 3,000 is excellent,” Tinley Park coach Brad Walsh said. “That’s where we hope to be at toward the end of the year, so to be there already is great. We wanted to get off to a strong start and we seem to be doing that.”

Nick Shupryt led the Titans with a 632 three-game series. After a 177 in the opener, he produced a meet-best 233 in Game 2 and a 222 in the finale.

“I didn’t do good the first game, but I’m very happy with how I bowled after that,” Shupryt said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much fun bowling.”

Shupryt, a sophomore, is beginning his second year on the varsity.

“There were a little bit of jitters last year,” he said. “This year, I’m trying to get a 200 average and I’m right on that so far.”

The Crusaders, who were coming off a season-opening win over St. Ignatius, won the first and third games by scores of 985-981 and 1,016-1,012, but the Titans’ 1,066-954 edge in Game 2 won them the match.

Billy Foertsch led Brother Rice with a 631 series.

“They just kicked our butts in the second game and that was the difference,” Crusaders coach Tim Daniher said. “We never do well in this house.”

Jeff Nichols (610) and Mike Bennett (608) had strong nights for the Titans. Alex Kohs sat out the first game, but tossed games of 211 and 203 in the final two.

Justin Ceh (618), Bryan Stajura (595) and Chris Roti (575) pitched in for Brother Rice.



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