Boys Bowling: Andrew claims Sandburg sectional title
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 19, 2013 7:48PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:34AM
After the morning session of Saturday’s Sandburg Sectional, defending bowling state champion Andrew sat in fourth place, shy of the two advancing spots to state.
Then the Thunderbolts came back from lunch and posted scores of 1,127 and 1,111.
Talk about a statement.
“It was huge,” Andrew’s Nick Ghilardi said. “You’ve got to push down the throttle when you get the chance and put teams away when you can.”
The Thunderbolts put the field away, rolling to the title with a total six-game pinfall of 6,397 at Orland Bowl.
T.F. South, behind individual champion Devin Brand (1,365), rallied in the final game to earn the second bid to state, finishing with 6,023.
Ghilardi (1,348) took second to pace Andrew, which also received strong performances from Justin Finnen (5th, 1,302) and Kyle Krol (9th, 1,288).
“I was able to stick with the same five bowlers (Saturday) and it was a strong showing,” Andrew coach Mark Lobes said. “After our subpar performance (finishing second to Lincoln-Way West in the SouthWest Suburban Red Tournament) last week, we wanted to come out strong.”
T.F. South trailed Sandburg by 141 pins entering the final game, but the Eagles left the door open, struggling to a 762. The Rebels took advantage, a 957 good enough to take second by 54 pins.
“We had to stay level-headed and not get frustrated,” said Brand, who closed with a 233 to take the individual crown. “It’s really exciting. Taveon (Robertson) said we were going to make it to state and I didn’t believe it.”
Sandburg’s Tyler Knight (1,331) and Tinley Park’s Jeff Nichols (1,305) finished third and fourth, respectively, to take the two individual advancing spots to state.
“It was disappointing what happened to the team, but I’m really excited to go to state as an individual,” Knight said. “At least we got someone there.”
Nichols held off Lincoln-Way East’s Brandon Nathan by four pins for the final spot.
Nathan and Lincoln-Way Central’s Nick Kross (1,299) were in good position to claim at-large berths to state.