Huntley’s boys bowling team traveled to Marengo this Tuesday and lost handily, 2532-2703.
Huntley’s team started out strong, keeping within 20 pins of Marengo in nearly every game and set. Stride for stride, Marengo eventually started to pull away, leaving Huntley in the dust.
“Our team was missing easy spares,” said Brian O’Neill, head coach. “The other team just wasn’t.”
Huntley couldn’t compile enough “clean games,” games in which each fram is either a strike or a spare. Meanwhile, Marengo was racking up impressive enough numbers to edge out Huntley narrowly.
“You have to hope to string a couple strike along,” said O’Neill. “We just couldn’t.”
While Huntley lost against Marengo Tuesday, their record, 2-14, remains relatively lopsided. This loss means almost nothing to the Huntley squad moving forward.
“Sectionals are coming up,” said O’Neill. “That matters more.”
Still, Huntley doesn’t stand a very good chance at placing any playersd within the top two.
“Each player needs to put up 200 pins a game,” said O’Neill. “Our players’ averages are just not up enough.”
In fact, each player’s bowling average is at least just below the high water mark of 200.
But Huntley’s record isn’t because of a lack of talent.
“[Our record] is partially due to to having a young team made up of freshmen and sophomores,” said O’Neill.
While Huntley’s record may be disappointing at best, O’Neill seems optimistic and looking forward to next season.
“It was a rough year with us finishing 2-14,” said O’Neill. “But I am very positive about the future of the program.”