ORLAND PARK – Zach Segatto has struggled this bowling season.
He had a feeling, however, that something good would happen at Saturday’s Andrew Sectional at Orland Lanes.
“I was saving it for the sectional,” the Minooka senior smiled after accepting one bear hug after another from teammates, family and other supporters.
Segatto rolled a 300 in a first game where the Indians shot a whopping 1,221, a 244.2 average per man. Minooka freshman Kai Devin followed with a 300 in Game 3, and although the Indians trailed Lockport much of the day, they shot 1,057 in Game 6 to overtake the Porters and claim their first sectional title.
Minooka finished with a 6,510 total to Lockport’s 6,461. They advance to next weekend’s state tournament at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon along with the third through sixth finishers – Morgan Park (6,331), Oswego (6,286), Andrew (6,270) and Bolingbrook 6,240.
Segatto won the sectional championship as a junior, when he averaged 219 for the season. He entered Saturday with a 207 average but rolled 1,503, a 250.5 average, to claim the title by 100 pins over runnerup Russell Deer of Bremen.
“When you start the day with a 300, you feel a lot better,” Segatto said. “The past month or two, I’ve been throwing the ball well. After we won the regional last week, I felt good coming in here.”
Minooka junior Chris Dombrowski, who entered Saturday not expecting to bowl all six games, started with 259 and wound up fifth individually at 1,360. After finishing the morning round with his 300, Devine closed at 1,341 for ninth overall. John Kauffman chipped in with a 1,246 total as the Indians averaged 217 per man, per game overall.
“Zach’s 300 really helped the team get going,” Devine said. “I had a 299 in practice but never got close in competition. When I got to the last ball, I was nervous but I told myself to focus and I buried it.”
“It’s pretty exciting to be going back to state,” Dombrowski said. “This was the first time I bowled all six games and it’s my first placement medal.”
Minooka coach Derrick Rapsky said a sectional title “has been a long time coming. There were years I felt we should have won the sectional and came up short. But this is our most talented team, and from the start, our expectation was to win it.”