Boys Bowling: Sandburg’s Harder victorious at regional
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 18, 2014 7:44PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:51AM
Sandburg’s Josh Harder was in disbelief after Saturday’s Sandburg Regional.
Who could blame him?
Competing in one of the state’s toughest regionals, Harder obliterated the field, piling up 1,479 pins over six games to top Lincoln-Way West’s Josh Glover by 104 pins for the individual crown at Orland Bowl.
Harder started the day with a 288 and followed with a 284 on his way to an 804 in the three-game morning session.
“That was my first 800 series ever,” he said. “It’s all unreal to me. I never would have expected to shoot that. I just kept it up. I didn’t want to let my team down. As a team, we looked at all the tough teams we had to overcome here (to advance to sectionals) and we just said ‘We can do this,’ and we did.”
Behind the heroics of Harder and Brandon Torres (3rd, 1,369), Sandburg finished second as a team with 6,449 pins, behind only Romeoville (6,490). Andrew (6,400) and Lockport (6,283) also advanced to the Andrew Sectional.
Romeoville, bolstered by a gigantic 1,205 in Game 3, held on for the team title by shooting a 1,074 in the final game, prompting an exuberant celebration that saw Dakota Vostry lifted up on his teammates’ shoulders after he threw the Spartans’ final ball of the tournament.
Depth was key for Romeoville, as Kyle Zaremba (7th, 1,348), Vostry (8th, 1,325) and Cody Surges (10th, 1,300) led the way.
“That (1,205) gave us a huge confidence boost,” Zaremba said. “Everyone got pumped up. It’s really exciting to win this.”
Andrew, sitting in fifth place and outside of the advancing spots after the morning, rallied behind an 1,162 in Game 5.
Michael Dertz (4th, 1,363) and Nick Ghilardi (5th, 1,362) led the Thunderbolts.
“We knew one good game and we’d be back in the top three,” Ghilardi said. “I called it right before the fifth game.”
Tyler Delrose (6th, 1,356) and Brian Baer (9th, 1,321) paced Lockport.
“Our kids are really determined to get back to state,” Lockport coach Jeff Wyatt said. “They kept digging in until they found something that worked.”
SouthWest Suburban Red champion Lincoln-Way West, expected to be a state title contender, finished fifth and did not advance.
The Warriors will send Glover, Anthony Castaneda (15th, 1,253) and Eric Ullian (21st, 1,209) to sectionals as individuals.
Shepard’s Brandon Dietz (18th, 1,233) tossed a 300 in Game 2 and advanced along with teammate Eric Walters (13th, 1,275).
Also advancing individually were Lemont’s Michael Martinez (14th, 1,267), Lincoln-Way North’s Jimmy O’Brien (16th, 1,245) and Kyle Pijarowski (23rd, 1,206), Oakwood’s Hunter Phelps (22nd, 1,208) and Reed-Custer’s Cody Maske (23rd, 1,206).