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Oswego bowling team writes fantastic finish
Panthers place 10th at state tournament

by Mike Slodki


When the Oswego boys' bowling team's state final effort was "dime-store quality," it can be taken as a compliment.

With a consistent team effort all year with a penchant for finishing strong, the Panthers - under second-year head coach T.J. Arnold - took home a 10th-place finish in last Saturday's state tournament at St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon.

Oswego had a strong total of 12,142 pins shelved, on an average game of 202.4.

"I am very pleased with how we finished," Oswego head coach T.J. Arnold said. "We never gave up and fought until the final frame. I look forward to another great season next year."

Rockford Guilford won the state championship with a 13,107, followed by Andrew at 13,002 and host O'Fallon at 12,970. Machesney Park's Harlem was fourth at 12,727.

Fellow Southwest Prairie Conference powerhouse Minooka rounded out the top five with a score of 12,602, and Rockton Hononegah (12,563), Alton (12,430), Collinsville (12,414) and Morgan Park (12,219) rounded out the top nine.

Lincoln-Way West bowler Joshuan Glover had the top individual total with a tally of 2,967 throughout Friday and Saturday. The top rep from the SPC field was Romeoville's Dakota Vostry at 2,841 for third place.

For the Panthers, it marked the highest finish for an end-of-season setting since the 2009-10 version of the squad that finished third at state under coach Linda Keely with a 12,334 total.

The Panthers were lifted from exceptional totals from junior Zac Clifton, senior Brad Behrends and junior Kameron Rockwell.

Clifton's team-best total turned out to be a 2,273 and Behrends finished at 2,043, while Rockwell ended at a 1,862.

Senior Trever Nelson was fourth best on the team at 1,807, followed by senior Dom Glatz at 1,523, and sophomore Eddie Mendez at 1,176. Additonal state totals were supplied by senior Kendrick Marshall at 800 and junior Garrett Dennehy at 658.

"I know we wanted to get higher, and we tried our best and got a top-10 finish," Glatz said. "We lost a little bit with the two days of practice gone, but other teams had that, too."

After the first day of competition on Friday, Oswego was 11th overall with a 6,160 total. The top three settings for the Panthers after day one went to Clifton (1,303) Nelson (1,269) and Behrends (1.015).

"We needed to get to 12th to bow the next day. We shot three low 1,000 games in the afternoon while quite a few teams struggled. We made day two with a tie for 11th. We were very pleased," Arnold said.

Right in the thick of things all season, Glatz and company saw contributions from all comers.

"Everybody contributed," Glatz said. "We had a lot of consistency and everyone helped out."

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