CHANNAHON – Minooka did about as well as it possibly could have for a 131-pin Southwest Prairie Conference varsity boys bowling loss when it hosted Romeoville at Channahon Lanes on Wednesday.
Though the Indians were defeated 3,145-3,014, they took the second game, 1,016-1,008, and the third, 1,071-1,068, after losing the first, 1,069-927. Games are worth two points each in the SPC standings – the series as a whole is worth four – so Minooka salvaged four conference points of a possible 10.
Minooka entered with a conference-leading 42 points on the season to Romeoville’s 40, meaning the teams are tied heading into the final round of duals today. The conference championships are Saturday at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet.
“Coming in here, I knew it was going to be a dogfight. They’re a very good team,” Romeoville coach Tony Talley said. “One thing has been our Achilles all season is single-pin spares, and that’s what killed us. We lost the second game by eight pins and the third game by three pins. That’s one spare.”
The third game came down to the final frame for the 1, 2 and 3 bowlers from each team. Each team’s No. 1 – Kai Devine for Minooka and Jimmy Comparetto for Romeoville – went strike-strike before Devine hit a nine and Comparetto a seven. Jack Russell of Minooka and Stephen Vaughn of Romeoville both went strike-spare.
While Kyle Zaramba of Romeoville went single-pin spare-strike, Dylan Pickett of Minooka had a 10th-frame turkey to close out the win and a 664 individual series.
“I felt good,” Pickett said. “I thought the team bowled pretty well today. We cheered each other on a lot, just kept it all together. Kept cheering each other on, kept picking each other up.”
Cody Surges bowled a 259 in the first game to pace Romeoville, which also got a 220 from Jacob Hubbs, a 206 from Vaughn, a 193 from Comparetto and a 191 from Dakota Vostry. Other than John Kaufmann’s 236, the Indians had no bowlers above a 183 in Game 1.
Surges went on to bowl a 680 series, which was the highest for either team Wednesday and a season high for him.
“I was just hitting my mark, making my shots, just getting lucky on some shots,” Surges said. “It was a huge match for conference. Just got to get them at the conference tournament.”
Vostroy bowled a 640 series, including a 226 in the second game for Romeoville, which received a 626 from Hubbs and a 618 from Zaramba.
Other than Pickett, Kaufmann was the only Minooka bowler over 600 on the day, totaling a 646. This was Minooka’s first conference loss of the season, and the series total was the second-lowest of the Indians’ conference season.