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Minooka boys bowlers finish fifth at state

O’FALLON – Minooka boys bowling coach Derrick Rapsky said the Indians couldn’t catch a break Saturday at the IHSA state meet.

“The house has a tendency to leave a lot of carrier pins ... the kids weren’t striking,” Rapsky said of St. Clair Bowl. “We went down hoping we would bring home some hardware, but I believe the kids still bowled well.”

Minooka finished fifth overall Saturday with a team pin count of 12,602.

“We really did bowl well. Our two All-Staters were 100 percent on one-pin conversions and that one pin is a big key why they are All-State,” Rapsky said.

Minooka’a All-State bowlers were Zach Segatto (seventh – 2,747) and John Kauffman (tenth – 2,678).

“Being All-State is one of the biggest things to happen in my high school bowling career,” Segatto said. “It means more than anything and it was really exciting. What made it even more exciting was that I had my other senior, John, medal as well.”

Kauffman is in agreement with Segatto.

“Being named All-State has been one of the greatest honors of my high school career,” he said. “When I joined bowling my freshman year, I never imagined that I would ever close out my senior year by standing amongst some of the best high school bowlers in the state of Illinois. It was a dream come true. I will always remember that with pride.”

Also scoring for the Indians were Kai Devine, who rolled a 2,436; Chris Dombrowski who ended at 2,332; and Alex Guglielmucci joined the lineup Saturday to shoot 1,222 for six games.

Saturday’s fifth-place showing concludes a see-saw season, Rapsky said.

“It’s been a strange season. We’ve had our ups and downs,” he said. “We started strong and had a lot of momentum. Won two tournaments but then after the break had two terrible matches. We bounced back from that to win the [Southwest Prairie] Conference Tournament, but then didn’t win the conference because of points. Then we got to regionals and sectionals and looked good. The team had high hopes. We just didn’t carry this weekend. That’s what kept us from getting a trophy.”

Still, that won’t dimish the times the Indians had this year.

“I’m really going to miss this team next year and I am so proud of eveything we have accomplished together,” Kauffman said. “I wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about the great things they will accomplish next season.”

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