Two Troy teams named state bowling champs
4/22/2016, 11:41 a.m.
Both of the Troy Middle School Bowling Teams – Girls’ and Boys’ – became IESA State Champions last weekend after competing in 10 games in two days.
The TMS Girls’ Bowling Team beat 44 other teams to take first place by 335 pins. Individually, Natalie Plunge placed 3rd, averaging 180.2 with a high game of 246; Barbara Lunsford placed 5th, averaging 174.6 with a high game of 205; Brooklinn Chavez placed 6th, averaging 169.6 with a high game of 227; Hailey Heffron placed 28th, averaging 150.2 with a high game of 192; and Lauren VanMeter was the alternate.
The TMS Boys’ Bowling Team beat 45 other teams to place first by 118 pins. Julian Ramos placed 5th, averaging 195.4 with a high game of 247; Brock Whiteman placed 8th, averaging 190.2 with a high game of 224; Lucas Pirc placed 12th, averaging 188.2 with a high game of 227; Joey Lizzio placed 20th, averaging 179.8 with a high game of 238; and Kyle Siksta was the alternate.
“To witness both the TMS girls and the TMS boys become state champions at the same time was an incredible and overwhelming experience,” Coach Julie Brandolino said. “I am so proud at how well these bowlers maintained their composure throughout the 10 games of the tournament. They believed in themselves and each other to become the IESA State Team Champions in the Boys and Girls divisions.”
Bowling is a popular sport at Troy Community School District 30-C, and 45 Troy Middle School 7th and 8th graders started out this year’s season. Troy’s William B. Orenic Intermediate School bowling teams started out the year with 85 students. The five highest-averaging boys and girls made the cuts to compete at local tournaments and at state.
Both the TMS boys’ and girls’ teams won first place at the Richland Invite at Crest Hill Lanes and first place at Troy Invite at Joliet Town and Country Lanes.
“I want to thank Town and Country Lanes manager Jeff Bailey and owner George Kontos for their support of the Troy program,” Brandolino added. “I also want to thank Joliet West's Boys’ Coach Reggie Lee and Joliet West's Girls’ Coach Larry Warwick for their expertise and guidance at the state tournament. I want to thank all the parents for the time and energy they put in to take these bowlers to get their equipment, lessons and extra practice.”
Troy Director of Athletics and Activities Meagan DeGroot said this group of athletes has “amazing attitudes and perseverance” and that Brandolino is a passionate and amazing coach.
“Two state titles in one day is a phenomenal accomplishment,” DeGroot said. “This is a special time for the district. The Troy school board and Superintendent Dr. Todd Koehl have been beyond supportive of allowing us the opportunity to add many new and exciting activities for the youth in our district, and this sport has been a great success for the kids, their families and the community.”
Additionally, three of Troy’s William B. Orenic Intermediate School 5th and 6th grade bowlers qualified for state. They were Anthony Lizzio, who averaged 173.1 with a high game of 222; Nathan Schram, who averaged 171 with a high game of 203; and Malaya Chavez, who averaged 137.4 with a high game of 168.
1: The Troy Middle School Girls’ Bowling Team are IESA State Champions. From left: Lauren VanMeter, Barbara Lunsford, Natalie Plunge, Hailey Heffron and Brooklinn Chavez.
2: The Troy Middle School Boys’ Bowling Team are IESA State Champions. From left: Kyle Siksta, Brock Whiteman, Joey Lizzio, Luke Pirc and Julian Ramos.