Striking It Up

Rachel Nelson, Sorts Editor

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North’s boys’ bowling team has four teams: varsity 1, JV 1, JV 2, and JV 3 totaling 33 guys. On Varsity 1 are Patrick Bender (‘20), Justin Bragg (‘19), Cal Taylor (‘20), Gabe Lord (‘20), Nole Hefty (‘21), and Jonathan Powell (‘19). The coaches are Ed Glennon and Matthew Sbertoli, both longtime bowlers. The team takes on some of the best teams in the state from their own conference: Harlem, Freeport, and the four-time state champions Hononegah.

They took 4th place at the NIC-10 Pre-Season tournament on November 23 held at 4 Seasons with a team total of 5705.  Top finishers for the day were Taylor in 10 with Bragg following in 18. The following day, they had the Harlem Invite which was held at Forest Hills Lanes. Overall, the team placed seventh. Taylor was once again high for the team with a 1239 series and a high game of 253.

“We haven’t started off great this season, but with the addition of a new coach, Mr. Glennon, we are progressing more than we have in the last two years with just these first few weeks of the season. I’m really excited to see where this season takes us and I’m hoping to be able to go further this season that I did last season,” said Taylor.

The first match was against Boylan. They lost this match 3563 to 3675. Bragg led North scoring 239, 215, and 259 for a 713. Hefty finished the match with scores of 246, 195, and 198 for a 639.

They followed this up with a win against the Jefferson J-Hawks at Cherry Bowl with a score of 3589 to Jefferson’s 3234. Powell bowled a 227, 256, and a 221 for a 704, leading North and shooting his first 700 series. Bragg was next high with a 223, 202, and a 246 for a 671.  

In their match against the Belvidere Buccaneers, they won 3674 to 3321. Bragg was high for the day with a 688 series, followed by Lord with a 639, and Hefty with a 632.

“As a team we haven’t been doing as well as we would like, we could be doing a lot better. But it’s still early in the season, and we still have a lot of the season left. Individually, I’ve been doing good, but there is still always room to get better and there is still a lot of season left,” said Bragg.

They had another win against Marengo at Glo Bowl. The score was 3038 to Marengo’s 2860. None of the boys bowled very well, but Hefty led the team with a 584 series with games of 184, 202, and 198. Bragg had 30 clean this match, bowling a 616 series. Lord was next high for North with a 574.

Their next match was against Auburn at the small 8-lane house B&B Park Bowl. North lost this match 3264-3341.

At the Guilford Invite, North placed 13th with a score of 5713. Bragg once again led North with a high game of 265 and a six-game series of 1279.

North’s next match would be one of the toughest of the season. They took on the four-time state champions, the Hononegah Indians. They lost this match 3210-3910. Hefty had high series for the day with a 599 series, while Bragg had the high game with a 244.

They also lost to Harlem two days later. Harlem scored a 3852 while North only had a 3445. Bragg had high series for the day with a 624 with Hefty close behind with a 603.

In their match against Guilford, North won 3577-3242. All of North’s Varsity had games of 190 or higher. Bragg led the team with games of 202, 225, and 236 for a 663. Powell opened with a 233 and finished with a 633 series. Hefty went 198, 199, 195 for a 592. Their conference record now stands 3-4 in conference.

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