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Boys Bowling: Andrew third at Lincoln-Way East Invite

Updated: December 14, 2013 6:44PM


That was the word for the Minooka boys bowling team on Saturday. The Indians didn’t have a top five finisher, but they had four bowlers in the top 20 and went on to cruise past Oswego by 215 pins to capture the title of the fifth annual Lincoln-Way East Invite at Orland Bowl.

Minooka rolled at least 1,020 in every game, including a 1,182 in Game 2, and finished with 6,606 pins. Oswego, which placed a pair of individuals in the top five including runner-up Kameron Rockwell, finished with 6,391. Andrew, the 2012 state champion, was third at 6,266, followed by Romeoville (6,243) and Plainfield North (6,223). Bolingbrook, which was paced by individual champion Gio Montecinos, was sixth at 6,188.

Richards (6,137), Lincoln-Way West (6,074), Joliet West (6,038), Lincoln-Way North (6,030), Sandburg (5,951) and defending state champion Lockport (5,944) rounded out the top 12 in the 24-team tournament.

“That’s what I’ve been waiting for,” Minooka coach Derrick Rapsky said of his team’s performance. “We are capable of that. The key is we picked up our spares.

“We’re a talented team. If we keep in it mentally, the sky is the limit.”

Juniors Jackie Russell, who was seventh overall with a 1,360 series, and Alex Guglielmucci (10th, 1,337 pins) paced the Indians.

“I think this was the first tournament that we were all able to feed off each other,” Russell said. “It was fun. That’s how you know you’re doing well, when you have fun.”

The fun came with the execution.

“We just carried a lot of spares today,” Guglielmucci said. “We just want to take the momentum and go with it.”

Seniors Zach Seggato (11th, 1,330) and John Kauffman (20th, 1,288) rounded out the Indians who bowled all six games.

For Montecinos, a senior, it was the first time he finished first in a high school tournament. He fired a 1,426, including a 276 in Game 1. That edged Rockwell, who also shot a 276 in the opening game, by 19 pins.

“In our previous tournament (the Oak Forest Invite on Dec. 7), we took first as a team and I was third individually,” Montecinos said. “I think I only missed two easy spares (at the Lincoln-Way Tournament) and to win felt good. I’m just looking to go to state. That’s been the goal all four years.”

Oswego East’s Ryan Baumann was third (1,373). Steven Grant (1,370) of Richards, Dom Glatz (1,369) of Oswego and Dakota Vostry (1,361) of Romeoville rounded out the top six individuals.

Ryan Kirby of Oak Lawn was eighth (1,352). Cody Surges (1,340) of Romeoville was ninth. Brandon Torres (1,330) of Sandburg placed 12th.

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