Boys Bowling: Richards finishes strong for Red title
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2014 6:02PM
Zacharie Crisostomo, of Argo, bowls for the South Suburban Red Conference Title at El-Mar Bowl, Saturday, January 11th, 2014, in Bridgeview. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 13, 2014 6:53AM
Saturday’s South Suburban Red meet seemed destined to be a down-to-the-wire battle between crosstown rivals Richards and Oak Lawn.
Then the fifth game came around and the Bulldogs delivered quite the knockout punch.
Richards put up a huge score of 1,128 in the penultimate fifth game, quickly turning a 92-pin lead into a 243-pin advantage and rolling to the Red title at El-Mar Bowl in Bridgeview.
“That fifth game, we really got amped up,” Richards’ Tyler Hancock said. “We got as loud as we can be. When we all get going and cheering each other on, that’s when we bowl really well.”
The Bulldogs finished with a six-game total of 6,177 to beat out Oak Lawn (5,931) and Shepard (5,808).
Argo’s Michael Orlos finished with 1,359 pins to capture the individual title over Richards teammates Steven Grant (1,350) and Hancock (1,319).
Orlos, a junior who has been bowling for only three years, was in fourth after the morning session before firing a 277 in Game 4 and a 257 in Game 5. His 178 in the final game was just enough to hold off Grant.
“I knew I was pretty high up and I just had to stay calm,” Orlos said. “At the end, I thought I was toward the bottom of the top 10. I had no idea I was in first. It’s really exciting.”
Hancock fired a 266 and Grant a 237 in the fifth game to key Richards’ surge. Grant was consistent all day, topping out with a pair of 237s. He had a low game of 215.
“When you bowl good, you just get energized,” Grant said. “We had great teamwork. We were all looking out for each other and helping each other out.”
Mike Pierce (1,180) and Akia Lewis (1,161) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
“All year long, we’ve talked about bowling six strong games,” Richards coach Kari Vanderjack said. “The fifth game is always the toughest. (Saturday), they all came out and rocked it.”
Evergreen Park freshman Shaun Quinn (1,299) finished fourth and thrilled the crowd by tossing a 300 in the fifth game.
“There was a lot of pressure,” he said. “My arms were shaking and everything. Getting that last strike, it felt great.”
Also earning all-conference honors were Shepard’s Brandon Dietz (5th, 1,286) and Eric Walters (1,204), Oak Lawn’s Matt VanderGriend (6th, 1,230), Cody Bulow (7th, 1,222) and Ryan Kirby (8th, 1,213) and Reavis’ Jasson Barrios (9th, 1,208).