Boys State Bowling: Lincoln-Way West’s Josh Glover leads individual competition after Day 1
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 31, 2014 6:44PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:37PM
Ever since he finished fifth in the state last season, Lincoln-Way West’s Josh Glover has had his sights set on a state championship, knowing it was a realistic goal for his senior year.
Glover is six games from achieving that goal.
Glover averaged 257 over six games on the opening day of the state bowling meet at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, finishing with 1,542 pins to take a 92-pin lead over Andrew’s Joseph Rymsza heading into the final day of competition.
“(A state championship) is really what I’ve been looking for all season,” he said. “It feels good to be in this position. I’m hoping I’ll be feeling even better (Saturday).”
Glover shot games of 277, 278 and 279, closing the day with the latter two scores, and is on pace to shatter the all-time record for best individual score at a state meet, a 2,963 in 2008 by Salem’s Alex Henseler.
“I have a nice little lead, but I’m going to go in (Saturday) like it’s 0-0 and keep the same mentality I had (Friday),” Glover said.
All three participating Southland teams made the top 12 cut to advance to the second day, led by third-place Andrew.
The Thunderbolts, with 6,499 pins, trail only O’Fallon (6,706) and Rockford Guilford (6,535).
Andrew was in 11th place after the morning session, but quickly moved up in the afternoon by shooting an 1,102, an 1,143 and a 1,075 over the final three games.
“The boys really exploded in the afternoon,” Andrew coach Mark Lobes said. “At one point in Game 5, we had 18 strikes in a row. Our kids have all the momentum now. Other teams counted us out, but now we’re right back in it. 207 pins (from the lead) is nothing.”
Morgan Park (6,231) was in 19th place after Game 4, but put up an 1,131 in the fifth game to rise to ninth, where it remained at the end of the day. The Mustangs, who were led by Duane Campbell (42nd, 1,287) advanced to the second day of state for the first time.
“We’ve been trying to get there for years and these guys guaranteed to me that they would and they did,” Morgan Park assistant coach Norm Whitenhill said. “It’s a big deal for us.”
Lockport (6,176) finished the day in 10th.
Individually, Southland College Prep’s Perry Sibby (1,404) stood in eighth, Andrew’s Mike Dertz (1,353) 16th and Lincoln-Way North’s Kyle Pijarwoski (1,340) 19th. Tinley Park’s Nick Shupryt (32nd, 1,306) and Bremen’s Russell Deer (59th, 1,264) also advanced as individuals.