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Kauffman rolls 300 game, 800 series for Indians

LOCKPORT — It's rare at the high school level to see someone bowl a 300 game.

It's even rarer for someone to bowl an 800 series, which would involve averaging a 267 over the three game stretch.

Well, both were done by Minooka's John Kauffman Tuesday, as he opened with a 300, then closed his final game off with a turkey to give him a three game total of 802.

"Crazy," the junior said. "I never expected to bowl like this when I woke up today."

Game one was where the magic happened for Kauffman, as he became the second person this year (junior Zack Segatto) to bowl a 300 game for the Indians. The anxiety and attention started to build towards the eighth frame, when people started realizing that a potential 300 game was looming.

"You never expect something like that to happen to you. You feel that something will go wrong, so the nerves didn't get to me at that point," Kauffman said. "I just kept going until it hit me in the tenth frame."

By the tenth frame, all eyes were on Kauffman, as action from the other lanes had stopped. With the first two strikes down, the right-hander stepped up to the line on the cusp of total victory.
"I tried to block out what was happening," Kauffman said. "I didn't want the nerves to get to me, so I tried to block out all the people watching and cheering."

On the final throw, the ball hooked across the head pin, hitting the left pocket and sending the ten pins down. Elation came across the building, as Kauffman received hugs and high-fives from his teammates, coaches, and family members.

As mentioned earlier, it was the second perfect game of the year for the Indians, as Zack Segatto had one on Dec. 8.

"Watching John today was definitely not as nerve racking as going through it," Segatto said. "It was really exciting to see what he was able to do today."

As if Kauffman's performance wasn't enough, Minooka was battling Southwest Prairie Conference Romeoville Tuesday night. The Spartans came in ranked fifth in the state, right behind the Indians, who were fourth coming in.

Realizing the big moment, Minooka came out and dominated Romeoville, as the Indians had only one game with a score below 200. In the final game alone, Segatto, senior Nick Beeler, and junior Ryan Duggins each bowled 237, which help finalize a great night for the Indians.

Overall, Minooka bowled a 3485, which is a also new school record. Minooka head coach Derrick Rapsky was very impressed by the win.

"This is the best bowling I've ever seen here at Minooka," he said. "We really only missed four or five makable spares today. We didn't have many splits, and that was the key why we set so many school records."

Beating the fifth ranked team in the state is a big confidence booster for Minooka as they now take a couple weeks off for winter break before getting right back at it January 8th vs Plainfield Central.

"I feel like it was a statement win for ourselves because it shows us that we can come into another team's house and bowl the way we bowled today," Rapsky said. "We now know we can well bowl  not just at home, but anywhere else in the state."

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