High School Notes
January 19, 2014 5:44PM
Bowling a 300 game on his way to a fourth-place finish in the South Suburban Red meet, Evergreen Park freshman Shaun Quinn is setting a high standard to live up to – not just for himself but for the Evergreen Park program he’s helping create.
Evergreen Park does not have a boys bowling team but has three bowlers, including Quinn, competing as individuals this season. Quinn hopes to have a team going forward.
“I’ve been trying to set the bar high for all of us,” Quinn said. “I’m trying to help us get a boys team and that’s a big deal for me.”
The lefty, who has been bowling since he was 3 years old, was mobbed by bowlers from other schools after the 300 game.
“It was so much fun,” he said. “It was surreal.”
Quinn followed the strong performance in the conference tournament by finishing 13th in Saturday’s Brother Rice Regional and advancing to the Andrew Sectional.
The new year has brought a wave of wins for Tinley Park.
After a key victory over T.F. South on Jan. 9, the Titans earned two more conference wins last week.
Tinley Park rolled past Oak Lawn 1,835-1,325 on Tuesday and knocked off T.F. North 1,787-1,467 on Thursday.
Senior Michelle Marban, who had a 210 game and 403 two-game series against T.F. North, as well as a 209 game against T.F. South, has led the way.
Junior Mallory Fischer had a huge performance against Oak Lawn with a 240 game and 423 series. She also had a 389 series against T.F. South.
The Titans have established themselves as one of the favorites in the South Suburban Blue meet on Feb. 1.
After the conference meet, Tinley Park will compete in the wide-open Andrew Regional, with a shot to move on to sectionals.
“We want to be at our best at the end of the season and take some honors home,” Tinley Park coach Kelli Lattyak said.
Southland underclassmen have been overachievers this season in several large meets.
Lincoln-Way East sophomore Patrick Hackett won the 500-yard freestyle at the prestigious Evanston Invitational that included many of the state’s top teams.
Stagg freshman Lucas Smiarowski won the 200 individual medley and the 500 free at the Lincoln-Way North Invitational. Smiarowski is an age-group state champion who decided to swim for Stagg.
“It feels more meaningful swimming for your school,’’ Smiarowski said.
Sandburg sophomore Kevin Stratton took the 100 backstroke at the Lincoln-Way North meet.
Reavis sophomore Matt Blicharski has broken three pool records, including the 25-year-old mark in the 200 freestyle at Argo. Blicharski is the defending South Suburban Red champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles.
Two local invitationals are on the Saturday schedule. Andrew and Argo will be among the field at the Shepard Invitational. Stagg will be the favorite at the Lockport Invitational.