When one bowler matches his personal high game, it usually means good things for the team. When the entire team bowls its highest single-game total in recent years, it usually means great things. And last Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Boys Bowling Regional meet, great things meant taking home second place overall and advancing as a team to this week’s IHSA Sectional meet, which will take place at Lockport. This will be the first sectional appearance by the team in five years.
The victory really came down to every bowler stepping up his game and performing well on the big stage of regional action.
“We bowled a 1,119 in the third game, our highest single-game total in six years,” said head coach Kevin Walery. “Steven Hebel tied his personal high game with a 268 in that game. It was an exciting day, and I am extremely proud of this team.”
The Spartans were right in it all day and were in first place for a big portion of the tournament. It was an overall team effort that really made the difference for Oak Lawn to end up in second place. Hebel was the bowler of the tournament and finished in first place overall in a very tough 14-team field. Nate Moran finished in fifth place, while Andy Sandoval and Ramiro Garcia were also in the Top 15 bowlers.
“Our parents and fans were awesome all day,” Walery said. “We could hear them cheering us on, and they really gave us the extra boost that we needed.”