Bowling Notebook: Strong start? Sibby’s got it covered
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media December 8, 2013 8:26PM
Perry Sibby, Southland College Prep. Fall sports photo day at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois, Sunday, November 18, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: January 10, 2014 6:19AM
Two years ago, Perry Sibby became the first athlete in Southland College Prep history to reach a state finals event when he qualified for the state bowling meet and finished 29th.
Sibby had another big season in 2012-13, but fell short at sectionals and missed out on a return trip to state.
Now, Sibby has one more chance to make more school history.
“You will never find a more dedicated bowler in the state of Illinois than Perry,” Southland College Prep coach Brian Wales said. “He’s our anchor and our captain.”
Sibby got off to a fast start.
In the team’s first dual meet of the season, a win over Ag. Science, he rolled a 290 game and finished with a 795 three-game series.
The team then traveled to Rockford for the Rockford Survivor Tournament, where Sibby finished fourth in a field filled with state-contending teams. He finished with a four-game series of 948, topping out with a 246.
Wales also thinks the group of bowlers surrounding Sibby will be stronger this season.
Juniors Kameron Davis and Victor Banjoko are returning starters. Marcus Guyton also will be counted on, while Malcolm Rheams is a rising freshman.
For a program in just its third season of existence, Wales has lofty goals.
“We want to finish in the top three in every weekend or holiday tournament this season,” he said. “Our goal is to be heading to O’Fallon in January (for the state meet).”
Lockport girls coach Art Cwudzinski always looks forward to the team’s season-opening trip to the Rock Island Invitational.
“It gives us a chance to see and compete against teams from out of the area,” Cwudzinski said, “and it’s a great team-bonding trip for the beginning of the year.”
The trip was even better this season as the Porters emerged victorious in the 16-team event Nov. 30.
Lockport totaled 5,975 pins over six games, topping topped second-place United Township by 83 pins.
Marissa Soverino (3rd, 1,302), Nicole Troha (4th, 1,299) and Nikki Mendez (9th, 1,188) all finished in the top 10 for the Porters.
Soverino had the tournament’s third-highest game with a 278.
Glover starts fast
Lincoln-Way West senior Josh Glover, who finished fifth in the state last season, already has a pair of runner-up finishes under his belt.
Glover finished second in the 48-team Plainfield North Invitational, firing a 1,430 six-game series while leading the Warriors to the team title.
The following week at the Plainfield South Invitational, he again was second, this time missing the title by just one pin as he totaled 1,469 to the 1,470 put up by Minooka’s John Kauffman.