Boys Bowling: Historic title for Argo
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 12, 2013 7:50PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:36AM
Gerald Regep struggled to fight back tears after he and his teammates made Argo history Saturday, capturing the school’s first conference bowling title in a hotly contested South Suburban Red Tournament at Palos Lanes.
“This was probably one of the most stressful days of my life,” he said. “This is the one thing I’ve always wanted the most. We’ll have a banner in our gym now. It’s amazing.”
The Argonauts finished with 6,044 pins over six games to edge Oak Lawn by 69 pins.
Regep, who tossed his first 300 game in Game 2, had a 206 in the final game to rally past Shepard’s Mike Albrecht for the individual title. Regep finished with a 1,356 to claim the crown by 11 pins.
“It was great to have my first 300 game come at conference,” he said. “Winning this as a team means more, though.”
Argo led Shepard by 15 pins and Oak Lawn by 76 entering the fifth game and came through with scores of 1,005 and 944 in the final two games to hold on for the title.
Shepard finished third with 5,860 pins.
“We’ve been reaching for this for a long time,” Argo coach Kris Kowalski said. “The key was bowling our game and staying focused on what we needed to do.”
Mark Jones (7th, 1,215), Devin Stone (9th, 1,212) and Anthony Rago (11th, 1,185) had strong showings for the Argonauts.
Ken VandeWerken (5th, 1,227), Kyle Rodda (6th, 1,222) and Ryan Campin (8th, 1,214) paced Oak Lawn.
“It’s unexpected not to win it but Argo bowled great,” Oak Lawn coach Kevin McKeown said. “Missing simple one- and two-pin spares probably cost us 300 pins. That ruined us.”
Richards (5,356), Eisenhower (5,307) and Reavis (5,241) rounded out the field.
Other medalists were Richards’ Erik Quinlan (3rd, 1,280), Reavis’ Orlando Sanmiguel (4th, 1,232) and Shepard’s Eric Walters (10th, 1,192).
Most of the teams will be back at Palos Lanes next week for the Oak Lawn Sectional, where Argo will try to add to its historic season.
“Words can’t describe it,” Regep said. “This year will go down in history. It’ll be the year everyone remembers.”