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Not quite finished
Not quite finished

by Mike Slodki


The Oswego and Oswego East boys' bowling teams were not quite ready to pack away the bowling equipment just yet.

Thus, the 2013-14 season will continue for the Oswego Panthers roster, which put together a fourth place finish at the Minooka Regional, and for senior Ryan Baumann and senior Dan Cherven of Oswego East, who advance to the Andrew Sectional at Orland Bowl this Saturday.

In the confines of Channahon Lanes on Saturday, the Panthers' 5,682-pin total good for fourth and a sectional berth was ahead of Joliet West by just 43 pins. Southwest Prairie Conference powerhouse Minooka, at 6,264, took the regional team crown, followed by Bolingbrook's 6,047 and Plainfield North's 5,721. Oswego East finished seventh as a team with a 5,401 total. For Oswego, it was a strong finish with the sixth and final game as its finest total with a 1,078, while Oswego East's game four was its highest at 985.

The individual champion for the gathering was Bolingbrook representative, senior Matt Rycraft, who knocked a 1,376 series.

For the Panthers, it was senior asset Trever Nelson leading the way with a 1,179 total, followed by rising junior talent Kameron Rockwell at 1,155. Sophomore Eddie Mendez was next with a total of 1,133, followed by junior Zac Clifton at 1,121 and senior Dom Glatz at 1,094.

Nelson ended up as the Panthers' top individual finisher of the competition, with a 14th-best total.

"We were in ninth place at lunch and 80 pins out of fourth going into the last game, but shot 1078 the last game to get the last spot," Oswego head coach T.J. Arnold said. "(I'm) very proud of the way they came together to keep our season alive."

On the Oswego East side, it was Baumann's total of 1,229 that earned the senior a seventh-place finish, just one pin behind Plainfield South rival Alec Eklove. Baumann's highest games were a 259 in the fourth game, followed by a 223 in his fifth game.

Teammate Cherven was tied for 16th overall with a Saturday total of 1,145, tied with Zack Kendrick of Plainfield East. Cherven's high game was a 243 in the fourth game.

"We got off to a really good start and we had a nice finish coming out of the break," Oswego East co-coach Tim Ochoa said. "When we have time to regroup, it's good. We do need to work on the middle. I'm happy the way we performed."

Accompanying noteworthy totals for the Wolves came in the form of sophomore Triston Spangler's 1,059 and freshman Travis Sturk's 1,055.

Ochoa was happy with the chance to continue action with two of his best, and what improvement that signifies.

"I think it was great to see improvement this year," Ochoa said. "Our team is still young and we have a great JV. Dan and Ryan matured into leaders this year."

On Saturday in Tinley Park, Oswego joins Romeoville, Sandburg, Andrew, Lockport, Richards, Oak Lawn, Brother Rice, St. Rita, Morgan Park, Tinley Park, T.F. South and Brooks in the sectional.

"With the amazing talent we will be facing at sectionals, it's going to be very important for any team, including us, to start strong and stay consistent," Arnold said. "Any team that fails to do that at this particular sectional is going to go dig themselves in a hole that will be difficult to dig out of."

The state meet takes place Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at St. Clair Bowl in downstate O'Fallon.

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